Gordon Rausser

Festschrift in Honor of Gordon Rausser

October 24, 2019, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM | October 25, 2019, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley

Registration is preferred. 

Dr. Gordon C. Rausser is the Robert Gordon Sproul Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, in the College of Natural Resources. He is a preeminent agricultural and resource economist whose contributions in academia, government service, business, and public policy are exceptional for their impact around the world. His leadership at Berkeley, including his exemplary service as dean of the College of Natural Resources, has had a critical and transformative effect in sustaining the College’s strength and enabling it to achieve global stature and influence. 
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More information on guest speakers and agenda below. Please contact rsvpcnr@berkeley.edu if you have any questions.

Thursday, October 24th 2019

9 - 10 AM

Panel 1: University Entrepreneurship, Leadership, and the Fostering of Public-Private Partnerships

Richard Lyons
Professor of Finance and former Dean, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley (Moderator)

Paul Alivisatos
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, UC Berkeley

Carol Christ
Chancellor, UC Berkeley

Ann Harrison
Dean, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley

Randy Katz
Professor of Computer Science, Vice Chancellor for Research, UC Berkeley

Comments by former PhD students.

10 - 11:30 AM

Panel 2: Public Policy and Market Reforms in Transition Economics

Gerard Roland
E. Morris Cox Professor of Economics and Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley (leading theorist of political and economic analysis of transition economies), UC Berkeley (Moderator)

Goran Buldioski
Director, Berlin Office and Co-Director, Open Society Initiative for Europe (OSIFE) at the Open Society Foundations

Stan Fischer
Former Governor of the Bank of Israel (2005-2013), Former Vice Chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank (2014-2017)

Francis Fukuyama
Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies; Research Affiliate at The Europe Center, Stanford University; author of "The End of History," and many subsequent defenses.

Stan Johnson
Former Director of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD); Chairman of the Board, Institute for Policy Reform

Gordon Rausser
Robert Gorden Sproul Distinguished Professor, ARE UC Berkeley; Former Chief Economist of the U.S. Agency for International Development; and Founder of the Institute for Policy Reform, UC Berkeley

Nicholas Stern
Chief Economist World Bank (2000-2003); First Chief Economist for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (1994-1999); Chair of the Grantham Research Institute; Chair of the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy; IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government at the London School of Economics and Political Science

Joseph Stiglitz
Nobel Laureate, Economics, 2001; University Professor, Columbia University; Chief Economist, The Roosevelt Institute

Yang Xie
Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of California, Riverside, UC Riverside

Comments by former Senior Fellows at the Institute for Policy Reform.

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Panel 3: Political Economy in Elections and Public Policy Selection: New Implications of Faction Narrative Control

Jo Swinnen
Professor of Development Economics and Director of LICOS Center for Institutions and Economic Performance at the KU Leuven Stanford University (Moderator)

Julian M. Alston
Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, Davis

William Foster
William E. Foster is Professor at Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Chile, Departamento de Economia Agraria, in Santiago, Chile

Leo Simon
Adjunct Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economic UC Berkeley; Department of Economics, Monash University

Jinhua Zhao
Professor, Department of Economics, Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics, Michigan State University Michigan State University

Comments by colleagues and former PhD students.

2 - 3 PM

Panel 4: Law and Economics

Rich Gilbert
Emeritus Professor of Economics, UC Berkeley; former Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Economics with the U.S. Justice Department; and former Director of the University of California Energy Institute (Moderator)

Michael Hausfeld
Chairman of Hausfeld LLP; Leading Class-Antitrust Attorney

Gareth Macartney
Partner, Senior Economist and Director of Competition Analytics at OnPoint

Jeffrey M. Perloff
Professor and Chair, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California at Berkeley UC Berkeley

Martin Stuermer
Senior Research Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

David Sunding
Thomas J. Graff Chair in the College of Natural Resources and Professor, Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, UC Berkeley UC Berkeley

Comments by former colleagues.

3 - 4 PM

Panel 5: Macroeconomic Linkages, Hedge Funds, Derivative Markets, Futures, and Options

Brian Wright
Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Berkeley (Moderator)

Vito Palmieri
co-founder, Equity Administration Solutions (EASi), Former CEO, Certent

Colin Carter
Distinguished Professor ARE, UC Davis

Bill Balson
Economist and Risk Manager, Former CFO, Opt4 Derivatives

Gordon Fallone
Co-founder and Managing Partner, OnPoint Analytics Capital Partners

Alan Love
Professor and Director, School of Economic Sciences, Washington State University, Washington State University

Comments by colleagues, former PhD students, and former MBA students. 

Friday, October 25th 2019

9 - 10 AM

Panel 1: Governance Structures and Agriculture’s Role in Economic Development

Michael Carter
Professor, Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, Davis; Honorary Professor of Economics, University of Cape Town, South Afric

Alain de Janvry
Emeritus Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Berkeley (Moderator)

Marcel Fafchamps
Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies; Senior Fellow at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law; Courtesy Professor, Department of Economics; Stanford University, Stanford University

Jeremy Magruder
Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Berkeley

Comments by colleagues and former PhD students.

10 - 11 AM

Panel 2: China U.S. Trade Relationships: Agricultural Distortions and the Uruguay Round

Douglas A. Irwin
John French Professor of Economics, Dartmouth College; author, "Clashing over Commerce: A History of U.S. Trade Policy;" 2019 Hayek Book Prize recipient, (Moderator)

Harry de Gorter
Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University

Hongbin Li
James Liang Director of the China Program at the Stanford Center on Global Poverty and Development, and a Senior Fellow of Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR)

Daniel Sumner
Frank H. Buck, Jr. Distinguished Professor, Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Davis UC Davis

Comments by colleagues and former PhD students.

11 AM - 12 PM

Panel 3: Big Data Analytics and Continuous Remote Sensing: Revisiting Adaptive and Dual Control

Richard Howitt
Professor Emeritus, Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Davis (Moderator)

Solomon Hsiang
Chancellor's Associate Professor of Public Policy at UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy; Faculty Research Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research , UC Berkeley

Larry Karp
Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Berkeley

Gordon Rausser
Robert Gorden Sproul Distinguished Professor, ARE UC Berkeley; Former Chief Economist of the U.S. Agency for International Development; and Founder of the Institute for Policy Reform, UC Berkeley

Peter Schaefer
Vice President, Theia

Comments by colleagues and former PhD students.

1 - 2:30 PM

Panel 4: Social Costs: Exhaustible and Renewable Natural Resources

David Zilberman
Robinson Chair, Agricultural and Resource Economics; Director, Center for Sustainable Resource Development, UC Berkeley, 2019 Wolf Prize in Agriculture recipient (Moderator), UC Berkeley (Moderator)

Ariel Dinar
Distinguished Professor, School of Public Policy, UC Riverside

Rachael Goodhue
Department Chair and Professor, UC Davis, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

Michael Hanemann
Julie A. Wrigley Chair in Sustainability, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University; Professor Emeritus, Department of Agricultural and Resources Economics, UC Berkeley

Susan Stratton Sayre
Associate Professor of Economics, Smith College

Yacov Tsur
Professor, Department of Environmental Economics and Management; Ruth Ochberg Chair in Agriculture, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Hebrew University

Comments by colleagues and former PhD students.

2:30 - 3 PM

Panel 5: Social Value of the Giannini Foundation

Alex McCalla
Professor Emeritus, Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Davis (Presenter)

Discussant: Brian Wright
Current Director of the Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics

Discussant: David Just
Professor and Area Coordinator for Applied Economics and Policy Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, and Susan Eckert Lynch Professor in Science and Business, SC Johnson School of Business, Cornell University