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Economics, Growth and Prosperity | Spring Seminar
Past event

17.04.2016-21.04.2016, Sunday - Thursday

Location: Neve Ilan Hotel

All Expenses Paid

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. The Seminar will be held in English.

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Sunday, April 17

15:00-17:30Registration/Hospitality/Hotel Check-in
18:30-19:00Reception
19:00Welcome Dinner
Guest Speaker
Shlomo Kalish, CEO Jerusalem Global Ventures
Why Israel Needs More Economic Freedom



Monday, April 18

7:00Breakfast
8:30-10:00Russ Roberts, Stanford University Hoover Institution
Hidden Harmony: Lessons in Life and Public Policy from Adam Smith
10:00-10:30Break
10:30-12:00Diana Furchtgott-Roth, Manhattan Institute
What Factors Drive Economic Growth?
12:30-14:00Lunch
14:00-15:30Pedro Schwartz, Camilo Jose Sela University, Madrid
The Future of the Welfare State
15:30-15:45Break
15:45-17:15Student Break-out Sessions: 4 groups/4 topics
19:00-20:00Dinner
20:00Alumni "Ted" talks
Amir Feder, Researcher in the Kohelet Policy Center. B.A in Economics, Tel Aviv University. Student at the Joint Tel Aviv-Hebrew University Economics Masters Program
Worker Unions in Israel
Youval Bitner, B.A in Economics, Tel Aviv University. Student at the Joint Tel Aviv-Hebrew University Economics Masters Program
The Sharing Economy: AirBnb Analysis
Gal Treger, Student at the Hebrew University PPE program, intern at the Israeli National Economic Council
Ultra Orthodox Employment



Tuesday, April 19

7:00Breakfast
8:30-10:00Mark Perry, U of Michigan/Am Enterprise Inst
Promoting Economic Freedom One Blog Post at a Time with Graphs, Charts, Venn Diagrams, Quotations, Parodies, and Satire
10:00-10:30Break
10:30-12:00Diana Furchtgott-Roth, Manhattan Institute
Do Unions Help the Labor Force?
12:15-13:00Lunch
13:30-17:30Izza Pziza - Goat Cheese Workshop
18:30Reception, Alumni Dinner
An interview with Avi Simhon, Chairman National Economic Council, Prime Minister’s Office
Interviewer, Russ Roberts, Stanford Hoover Institution. Host, EconTalk Podcast



Wednesday, April 20

7:00Breakfast
8:30-10:00Pedro Schwartz, Camilo Jose Sela University, Madrid
What is the Role of Monetary Policy?
10:00-10:30Break
10:30-12:00Eden Bar Tal, Fmr Director General, Israel Dept of Communications
Lessons from Israel’s Telecommunications Reform
12:30-14:00Lunch
14:00-15:30Mark Perry, U of Michigan/Am Enterprise Inst
Debunking Economic Myths with Facts, Data, Logic, Diagrams, and Charts
15:30-15:45Break
15:45-17:15Russ Roberts, Stanford University Hoover Institution
Inequality and Poverty
19:00-20:00Dinner
20:00Socializing/Informal Discussions



Thursday, April 21

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



Avi Simhon

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Prof. Avi Simhon is the acting chairman of the Israeli National Economic Council (NEC), as of december 2015.

Before acting as chairman, Simhon was a senior Macroeconomics lecturer in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and also the head of the Agricultural Economics department.

Simhon is an expert on the Israeli Economy, and has published the book “The Israeli economy: From the Controlling Hand to The Invisible Hand” (Broadcasted University, 2011). Simhon has published on the subjects of labor curruption as well.

Simhon obtained his bachelors and masters degrees in Economics and Math from the Hebrew University, and a PHD in Economics from the University of Minnesota. 

Avi Simhon in conversation with Russ Roberts

Eden Bar Tal

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Eden Bar Tal is a businessman and entrepreneur who has served in senior positions in both the public and private sectors. Most recently he was the Director General of the Israeli Ministry of Communications (2009-2013).

Previously, he served as CEO of Cukierman & Co., a Tel-Aviv based investment house; Vice President of Argyle Global Opportunities LP, a US based investment company; and Advisor to the Israeli Minister of Tourism.

He holds a LL.M. (Master) at Law from the University of London, and LL.B. at Law from Tel-Aviv University.

Pedro Schwartz

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Pedro Schwartz is a Fundación Rafael del Pino Research Professor at the Universidad Camilo Jose Cela, Madrid, Spain, and an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute, Washington DC, America.

He is an economist, political scientist, and consultant with expertise on pensions, monetary policy, and the European Economic Community. Schwartz has previously held positions at the Research Department of the Bank of Spain, the research center FUNDESCO, and at the DMR Foundation.

He now serves on the Academic Advisory Council of the Liberales Institut in Zurich. He is secretary of the Spanish think tank Civismo.

In September 2014, he was elected President of the Mont Pèlerin Society, of which he has been a member since 1977.

Schwartz obtained his doctorate in political science from the London School of Economics where he studied under Lionel Robbins and Karl Popper and from where he later received a Master’s in economics.

The Future of the Welfare State

What is the role of Monetary Policy?

 

Diana Furchtgott-Roth

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Diana Furchtgott-Roth, former chief economist of the U.S. Department of Labor, is director of Economics21 and senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. She is a columnist for MarketWatch.com, and Tax Notes. From 2003 to 2005, Ms. Furchtgott-Roth was chief economist of the U.S. Department of Labor. From 2001 to 2002 she served as chief of staff of President George W. Bush’s Council of Economic Advisers. Ms. Furchtgott-Roth served as deputy executive director of the Domestic Policy Council and associate director of the Office of Policy Planning in the White House under President George H.W. Bush from 1991 to 1993, and she was an economist on the staff of President Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisers from 1986 to 1987.

Ms. Furchtgott-Roth is the author of five books, most recently Disinherited: How Washington Is Betraying America’s Young (Encounter Books, 2015), coauthored with Jared Meyer.  She has also written Regulating to Disaster: How Green Jobs Policies Are Damaging America’s Economy (Encounter Books 2012), Women’s Figures: An Illustrated Guide to the Economic Progress of Women In America (AEI Press, 2012), and Overcoming Barriers to Entrepreneurship in the United States (Lexington Books, 2008).

Ms. Furchtgott-Roth has degrees in economics from Swarthmore College and Oxford University.

What Factors Drive Economic Growth?

Do Unions Help the Labor Force?

Shlomo Kalish

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Dr. Shlomo Kalish is the CEO and Chairman of Jerusalem Global Ventures Ltd.

Shlomo is considered one of Israel’s leading technology investors. He founded investment companies Jerusalem Global Group in 1994 and Jerusalem Global Ventures in 1999. During his leadership of Jerusalem Global, Shlomo led investments in several successful companies including: Mellanox Semiconductors, QXL, Galileo Semiconductors, Creo, Accord Video, Saifun Semiconductors, PowerDSine, and Picture Vision. In 2007, Forbes recognized Shlomo’s accomplishments by selecting him to Forbes Midas List worldwide and named him No. 1 Investor in Israel.

Prior to starting his investment career, Shlomo served in the Israeli Air Force as a fighter pilot. He holds a Ph.D. in Operations Research from MIT, a M.Sc. from the Sloan School of Management at MIT and a B.Sc. from Tel Aviv University.

Shlomo is active on the boards of many nonprofit and academic institutions, including Shalom Beineinu, a charitable organization he founded, the Board of Governors The Technion, The Jerusalem College of Technology, and various Chabad educational institutions.

Why Israel Needs More Economic Freedom

Mark J. Perry

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Mark J. Perry is a professor of economics and finance at the University of Michigan’s Flint campus and a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.

He is best known as the creator and editor of the popular economics blog Carpe Diem.

Perry holds two graduate degrees in economics (M.A. and Ph.D.) from George Mason University in Washington, D.C. In addition, he holds an MBA degree in finance from the University of Minnesota.

Since 1997, Professor Perry has been a member of the Board of Scholars for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a research and public policy institute in Michigan.

Promoting Economic Freedom one blog post at a time

Debunking Economic Myths

Russ Roberts

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Russ Roberts is the John and Jean De Nault Research Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. Roberts hosts the award-winning weekly podcast EconTalk–hour-long conversations with authors, economists and others. Past guests include Milton Friedman, Thomas Piketty, Joseph Stiglitz, Nassim Taleb, Michael Lewis, and Christopher Hitchens.

His latest book is How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life: An Unexpected Guide to Happiness and Human Nature (Portfolio, 2014). Roberts explores the ideas in Smith’s forgotten masterpiece, The Theory of Moral Sentiments, and applies them to modern life. Roberts is also the author of three novels that teach economic ideas and principles: The Price of Everything: A Parable of Possibility and Prosperity (Princeton University Press, 2008), 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 Choice 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.

Roberts is the co-creator (with filmmaker John Papola) of the Keynes-Hayek rap videos (Fear the Boom and Bust and The Fight of the Century) that have been viewed over 8 million times on YouTube.

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. His PhD in economics is from the University of Chicago.

Hidden Harmony: Lessons in Life and Public Policy from Adam Smith