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Economics, Growth and Prosperity | Spring Seminar
Past event

6-10.04.2014, Sunday - Thursday

Location: Hotel Neve Ilan

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, April 6

15:00-17:00Registration
18:00Dinner
Omer Moav, University of Warwick, Hebrew Univ, IDC Herzlyia
Myths and Current Economic Policy



Monday, April 7

7:00Breakfast
8:00-10:00Russ Roberts, Stanford University
The Anatomy of the Invisible Hand
10:00-10:30Break
10:30-12:00José Piñera, Cato Institute
How Market Reforms Transformed Chile
12:30-13:30Lunch
13:30-15:15Sam Peltzman, University of Chicago
Is Growth of Government Inevitable?
15:15-15:30Break
15:30-17:00Avi Bell, Bar Ilan University Law School
Free Market Real Estate Reform in Israel
19:00Dinner/Socializing



Tuesday, April 8

7:00Breakfast
8:30-10:00Yehonatan Givati, Hebrew University Law School
Common Law vs Civil Law Systems: Philosophical Foundations and Real World Consequences
10:00-10:15Break
10:15-11:45José Piñera, Cato Institute
The Welfare State Crisis in the Western World – How it started, Where it is headed
12:00-13:00Lunch
13:30-18:00Excursion
19:00Dinner
Lawson Freeman, VP, Noble Energy
How Government Policy Affects International Investment



Wednesday, April 9

7:00Breakfast
8:30-10:00Russ Roberts, Stanford University
Limits of Economics: Theory and Measurement in a Complex World
10:00-10:30Break
10:30-12:00Yehonatan Givati, Hebrew University Law School
Public Choice vs Public Interest Theories of Regulation and Government: Real World Evidence
12:30-13:30Lunch
13:45-15:15Russ Roberts, Stanford University
Growth, Poverty, and Inequality
15:15-15:30Break
15:30-17:00Sam Peltzman, University of Chicago
Financial Regulation and Financial Crisis
19:00Dinner/Socializing



Thursday, April 10

7:00Breakfast
8:30-10:30Summation/Evaluation/Adjournment



Russ Roberts

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Russell Roberts is the John and Jean De Nault Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He tries to make economics understandable to a general audience. Roberts hosts the weekly podcast EconTalk–hour-long conversations with authors, economists, and business leaders. Past guests include Milton Friedman, Nassim Taleb, Christopher Hitchens, Jimmy Wales, Joseph Stiglitz, and John Bogle. EconTalk was named podcast of the year in the 2008 Weblog Awards.

His latest book is The Price of Everything: A Parable of Possibility and Prosperity (Princeton University Press, 2008). Set on the Stanford campus, it’s a novel that tells the story of wealth creation and the unseen forces around us creating and sustaining economic possibilities. He is also the author of The Invisible Heart: An Economic Romance (MIT Press, 2002) and The Choice: A Fable of Free Trade and Protectionism (Prentice Hall, 3rd edition, 2006). The Invisible Heart explores the economics and morality of the marketplace in the framework of a novel. The Choice, a novel on international trade policy and the human side of international trade, was named one of the top ten books of 1994 by Business Week and one of the best books of 1994 by the Financial Times.

A three-time teacher of the year, Roberts has taught at George Mason University, Washington University in St. Louis (where he was the founding director of what is now the Center for Experiential Learning), the University of Rochester, Stanford University, and the University of California, Los Angeles. He was a national fellow and visiting scholar at the Hoover Institution from 1985 to 1987. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Chicago and received his undergraduate degree in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

 The Anatomy of the Invisible Hand

 The Limits of Economics

José Piñera

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Cato Institute Distinguished senior fellow José Piñera is co-chairman of Cato’s Project on Social Security Choice and Founder and President of the International Center for Pension Reform. Formerly Chile’s Secretary of Labor and Social Security, he was the architect of the country’s successful reform of its pension system. As Secretary of Labor, Piñera also designed the labor laws and introduced flexibility to the Chilean labor market and, as Secretary of Mining, he was responsible for the constitutional law that established private property rights in Chilean mines. Dr. Piñera now advises governments throughout the world on the establishment of personal account retirement systems. He has written for the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Wired, and several other publications. Pinera received an M.A. and a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.

The free market economic revolution in Chile

 

Sam Peltzman

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Sam Peltzman is the Ralph and Dorothy Keller Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Economics at the Booth School of Business, University of Chicago. He received his PhD in economics from the University of Chicago in 1965, and he has previously taught at the University of California, Los Angeles. He also served as senior staff economist for the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. He has been on the faculty of the University of Chicago’s School of Business since 1973.

Peltzman’s research has focused on issues related to the interface between the public sector and the private economy. His published work includes numerous articles in academic journals. These encompass many issues in the general areas of the economics of government regulation and industrial organization, including the regulation of banking, automobile safety, pharmaceutical innovation, the growth of government, the political economy of public education, and the economic analysis of voters and legislators. He is the author or an editor of several books, including Political Participation and Government Regulation and The Deregulation of Network Industries: What’s Next.

Peltzman is currently an editor of the Journal of Law and Economics and is the Director Emeritus of the George J. Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State at the University of Chicago. He served as director of the Stigler Center from 1991-2005. He serves on the editorial boards of several academic journals  and on the Council of Academic Advisers of the American Enterprise Institute.

Is growth of government inevitable?

 Financial regulation and financial crisis

 Avi Bell

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Professor Avi Bell is a member of the Faculty of Law at Bar Ilan University and the University of San Diego School of Law, and he serves as a Senior Fellow at the Kohelet Policy Forum.

His fields of academic research include property and intellectual property law, international law, land use law, the laws of war, and the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Professor Bell is considered one of the leading researchers in Israel in the field of economic analysis of law, and he is a member of the Israeli Law & Economics Association as well as the American Law & Economics Association. Professor Bell has delivered papers at the annual conferences of these Associations as well as the International Society for New Institutional Economics. His papers have been published in leading law journals including Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review and Columbia Law Review.

Bell received his BA and JD from the University of Chicago and his doctorate from Harvard University. He has served as a visiting professor at the law schools of Fordham University and the University of Connecticut. He was director of the Global Law Forum at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs during 2008-2009.

The Israeli real estate market

Omer Moav

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Omer Moav is a professor of economics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at the University of Warwick, and a visiting professor at the IDC. He received his PhD in economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and spent  a year at MIT as a post-doc fellow. Moav was awarded in 2012 the Landau prize from the Israeli mifal hapais for his achievements in research in macroeconomics, he was awarded the Rector’s prize from the Hebrew University in 2006 for his research and teaching, and served as the head of the advisory board to the Israeli minister of finance in 2009. Moav’s research focuses on economic growth and development and is published in the leading journals of economics. He often comments in the Israeli and international media on the Israeli economy.

 Lawson Freeman

Vice-president

Noble Energy, Israel

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Lawson Freeman has more than 25 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. Before assuming his role as Noble Energy’s Commercial Vice President, Eastern Mediterranean in 2009, Lawson served as Noble’s Head of Marketing in Houston.

Before joining Noble Energy, he held roles with BP as Commercial Manager in Azerbaijan and Business Development Director responsible for Sakhalin Island, Russia. Earlier in his career, he held a variety of engineering and operations roles with US oil and gas companies. Lawson holds a bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University and is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.