About the Event
Free one-day student seminar with presentations from leading policy experts, Q & A, and informal discussions. Lunch is included.
Speakers & Instructors
Presentation Title: Bud, Can You Spare a Dime? The Growth of Revenue in the New Age of Legal Marijuana
Marijuana will be a good revenue maker for governments. It joins a list of vices that have become virtues, such as gambling and alcohol. Over the next decades, the evolution of the market will see many policy challenges. What will be the pattern of development for this once reviled industry?
Presentation Title: Carbon Taxes in Canada: Theory and Practice
Carbon taxes (or other forms of carbon pricing) have been implemented across Canada, at provincial levels, and with a “federal backstop” mandatory carbon price. Some economists argue that carbon pricing is the most efficient way of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but in order for that to happen, carbon taxes need to displace redundant regulations; be rebated dollar for dollar by reducing other distortionary taxes; and revenues collected must not be used to distort energy markets. If they are, the effect is to short-circuit the market’s ability to discover the best way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In this presentation, Mr. Green will discuss the theory of carbon pricing, explain the necessary conditions for economically benign and efficient carbon pricing, and will review the ways that carbon pricing has been enacted, in practice, in Canada.
Presentation Title: Technology and the End of Government?
The rise of the sharing economy through platforms like Uber and Airbnb are rapidly transforming the way we work and live. It has also forced governments around the world to have difficult conversations about regulation and consumer protection. Mr. Koopman will explore what impact the sharing economy will have on our future, and what role governments can play in our increasingly technologically driven society.close
Presentation Title: Organs For Sale!
Should we buy and sell human organs? In this presentation, Prof. Stacey Taylor argues that we should—and that concerns about the exploitation of the poor are misplaced.