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Economics, Growth and Prosperity | Fall Seminar
Past event

19-23.10.2014, Sunday - Thursday

Location: Neve Ilan Hotel

What is economic freedom? Why is it important and how does it produce growth and prosperity? Listen, learn, and discuss with some of the best economists and leading policy makers from around the world. Open to students from any field of study, who aspire to leadership, and have completed at least first year undergraduate studies.  

Sunday, October 19

15:00-17:30Registration/Hospitality/Hotel check-in
18:30-19:00Reception
19:00Dinner
Michael Eisenberg, Founder and Partner, Aleph VC



Monday, October 20

7:00Breakfast
8:30-10:00Peter Lewin, University of Texas, Dallas
Economic Prosperity and the Poverty of Economics
10:00-10:30Break
10:30-12:00Leszek Balcerowicz, Fmr Finance Minister, Poland
Economic Freedom: Fundamentally Important and the Most Attacked
12:30-14:00Lunch
14:00-15:30Michael Sarel, Fmr Chief Economist, Israel Finance Ministry
Market Perspective on the Israeli Economy: Macroeconomic Trends and Policies
15:30-15:45Break
15:45-17:15Student Break-out sessions – 4 groups, 4 topics
19:00-20:00Dinner
20:15-21:45Milton Friedman movie: “The Power of Choice”



Tuesday, October 21

7:00Breakfast
8:30-10:00Deepak Lal, UCLA
Free Trade and Laissez-Faire: How the Wheel Has Come Full Circle
10:00-10:30Break
10:30-12:00Leszek Balcerowicz
Post-Socialist Transition: Poland in Comparative Perspective
12:00-13:00Lunch
13:30-18:00Excursion to Barkan Winery
19:00-20:00Roundtable dinner discussion w/faculty and alumni
Peter Lewin, Leszek Balcerowicz, Michael Sarel, Deepak Lal
Globalization and Economic Freedom



Wednesday, October 22

7:00Breakfast
8:30-10:00Peter Lewin
Why Do We Repeat the Mistakes of History?
10:00-10:30Break
10:00-10:30Deepak Lal
The Indian Economy: From Growth to Stagflation
12:30-14:00Lunch
14:-15:30Michael Sarel
Economic Perspectives on the Israeli Housing Market
15:30-15:45Break
15:45-17:15Student Debate
19:00-20:00Dinner
Evening - Socializing



Thursday, October 23

7:00Breakfast
8:30-10:00Wrap-up and Evaluation
10:30Adjourn



Michael Eisenberg

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Michael Eisenberg is a Partner at Aleph, a $140MM early stage venture capital fund, which he co-founded with Eden Shochat in 2013. Michael joined Benchmark Capital as a general partner in July 2005 and continues as the partner responsible for Benchmark’s Israeli portfolio. Michael joined Benchmark from Israel Seed Partners where he was a general partner from 1997. Eisenberg began his career at Jerusalem Global where he started and led the firm’s successful investment banking group and partnership with Montgomery Securities. Michael has focused on Internet investments since 1995 and has invested in and sat on the board of Israel’s leading companies and start ups, such as Shopping.com (Nasdaq SHOP, acquired by EBAY), Conduit, SeekingAlpha, Gigya, WeWork, Wix,  Answers.com (Nasdaq ANSW), Tradeum (acquired: VERT), and Picturevison (acquired: EK). 

Entrepreneurship and Personal Responsibility

Peter Lewin

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Peter Lewin is Clinical Professor in the Jindal School of Management, University of Texas, Dallas.  He received a Ph.D in economics at the University of Chicago, where he studied with Nobel prize winning economists Milton Friedman and Gary Becker.  His teaching and writing includes monetary policy and business-cycles, regulation of business, and the historical development of economics.  Though a graduate of Chicago, he has retained an interest in the Austrian school and its ability to understand the real world economy and economic policies that affect our lives. Dr. Lewin was born and raised in South Africa under the Apartheid government of state-enforced racism – which became the subject of his Ph.D dissertation.

Economic Prosperity and the Poverty of Economics

Why Do We Repeat the Mistakes of History?

Leszek Balcerowicz

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Leszek Balcerowicz is considered the architect of Poland’s economic reforms initiated in 1989.  He designed and executed the radical stabilization and transformation of Polish economy since the fall of communism in Poland. In September 1989 Leszek Balcerowicz was appointed Deputy Prime Minister of Poland and Minister of Finance in the first non-communist government in Poland after the Second World War. He retained his positions in the government until December 1991. From April 1995 to December 2000 he was the President of the Freedom Union, a free market – oriented party and from October 1997 to June 2000 he was Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance In 2001-2007 he was the governor of the Central Bank of Poland.

Economic Freedom: Fundamentally Important and the Most Attacked

Post-Socialist Transition: Poland in Comparative Perspective

Michael Sarel

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Dr. Sarel is a Senior Fellow with the Kohelet Forum.  He  served until March 2014 as the Chief Economist and director of state revenue, research and international affairs at Israel’s Ministry of Finance.  He obtained his doctoral degree from Harvard where he was also a teaching fellow. Sarel worked in the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, The Bank of Israel, in the Ministry of Finance as head of the research department and in Harel Insurance and Finance Group as the head of the economics and research department.

 Market Perspective on the Israeli Economy: Macroeconomics Trends and Policies

Economic Perspectives on the Israeli Housing Market (Hebrew)

Deepak Lal

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Deepak Lal is the James S. Coleman Professor Emeritus of International Development Studies at the University of California at Los Angeles, professor emeritus of political economy at University College London, and a senior fellow at the Cato Institute. He was a member of the Indian Foreign Service (1963-66) and has served as a consultant to the Indian Planning Commission, the World Bank, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, various UN agencies, South Korea, and Sri Lanka. From 1984 to 1987 he was research administrator at the World Bank. Lal is the author of a number of books, including The Poverty of Development Economics; The Hindu Equilibrium; Against Dirigisme; The Political Economy of Poverty, Equity and Growth; Unintended Consequences: The Impact of Factor Endowments, Culture, and Politics on Long-Run Economic Performance; and Reviving the Invisible Hand: The Case for Classical Liberalism in the 21st Century.

Free Trade and Laissez-Faire: How the Wheel Has Come Full Circle

The Indian Economy: From Growth to Stagflation