Economics Department’s Events for Spring Quarter 2012
How Redistributive Public Policies Contributed to the Great Recession
Casey Mulligan, Professor, University of Chicago
Monday, May 7, 2012 – 6:00pm
Engineering Lecture Hall 100
Sandy Cushman, email@example.com or 949-824-3344
The UC Irvine Center for Economics & Public Policy, School of Social Sciences and Department of Economics present
“How Redistributive Public Policies Contributed to the Great Recession”
with Casey Mulligan, Professor, University of Chicago
Monday, May 7, 2012
Engineering Lecture Hall 100
Casey Mulligan is an economics professor at the University of Chicago. His arguments about the role of government policy in contributing to the Great Recession focus on both labor and housing markets. First, he argues that more than a dozen rule changes for the Unemployment Insurance and transfer programs have led to reduced incentives to work. Second, because mortgage write-downs used in response to the housing crisis are being tied to income, such practices can perpetuate unemployment. In short, while most commentators attribute the Great Recession to demand-side influences, Mulligan has a unique perspective — that government and banking sector policies have inadvertently raised the tax on working so much that labor supply has fallen sharply, and that this, rather than deficient aggregate demand, has made the recession so deep and prolonged.
Mulligan is the author of Parental Priorities and Economic Inequality, which focused on the transmission of economic status from one generation to the next. His research has also covered capital and labor taxation, the gender wage gap, Social Security, voting, and the economics of aging. His latest book, The Labor Market and the Great Recession: How Redistribution Distorted the Economy, is in production with Oxford University Press. Mulligan is published regularly in The New York Times Economix Blog.
For further information, please contact Sandy Cushman, firstname.lastname@example.org or 949-824-3344.
Healthcare Futures: Policy, Promise and Politics
Matthew Beckmann, UCI political scientist; Andrew Noymer, UCI sociologist; John Molina, Molina Healthcare chief financial officer; Jeff Margolis, Margolis Health Enterprises president and ceo (moderator)
Thursday, April 12, 2012 – 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Social & Behavioral Science Gateway (SBSG), Room 1517
Rosemarie Swatez, email@example.com or 949-824-2511
The healthcare debate will be center stage in the 2012 Presidential elections. While the cost of care rises, the problem of who pays for it looms over almost every major public policy and business decision. What are the real issues behind the headlines? In the final event of the 2011-12 Social Sciences Expert Speaker Series, social sciences and health industry experts will discuss the current state and possible future of healthcare in the United States.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Social & Behavioral Sciences Gateway, Room 1517
- Matthew Beckmann, UCI political scientist, on the healthcare debate in Presidential politics
- Andrew Noymer, UCI sociologist, on epidemics and social relations in American history
- John Molina, Molina Healthcare chief financial officer, on healthcare from the insurance industry perspective
This event will be moderated by Jeff Margolis, Margolis Health Enterprises president and ceo.
This lecture is free and open to the public. Parking is available for $10.00 per day, or $2.00 per hour in the Social Science Parking Structure on the corner of Campus Drive and Stanford. To RSVP or for further information, please contact Rosemarie Swatez, firstname.lastname@example.org or 949-824-2511.
Learn more about the 2011-2012 Social Sciences Speaker Series.
Offshoring, Unemployment and Wages: The Role of Labor Market Institutions
Priya Ranjan, Department of Economics, UCI
Monday, April 9, 2012 – 3:30pm
Social Science Plaza B, Room 3266
Gloria Simpson, email@example.com
The Department of Economics Theory, History and Development Seminar series presents
“Offshoring, Unemployment and Wages: The Role of Labor Market Institutions”
with Priya Ranjan, Department of Economics, UCI
Monday, April 9, 2012
Social Science Plaza B, Room 3266 (Econ Library)
For further information, please contact Gloria Simpson, firstname.lastname@example.org.