About the Event
Free one-day student seminar with presentations from leading policy experts, Q&A, and informal discussions. Lunch is included.
Speakers & Instructors
Canadian Health Care: Diagnosis, Prognosis, Prescription
Does Canada have the best health care system in the world? How sustainable is our current system? How can we improve it? Canadians care deeply about their health care, and our universal single-payer system is the focal point of constant attention. Mr. Barua will present objective international comparisons of performance, discuss recent and projected trends in spending, and propose some potential solutions based on the experiences of other countries with universal health care systems.
Why Sex Work Should Be Legal
In most cases, public officials are obligated to respect people’s rights to make intimate and personal choices, such as choosing their sexual partners. And officials are also typically obligated to respect economic freedoms like freedom of contract and occupational liberty. But if a person’s occupational choices involve providing intimate services, like sex work, officials prohibit people from selling or paying for sex. Prof. Flanigan reviews the three most common arguments against legalizing sex work—public health, gender equality, and safety. She argues that these considerations actually weigh in favour of the full legalization of adult sex work. Selling or paying for sex is not wrong, and even efforts to protect the health and safety of sex workers through regulation or criminalizing payment for sex are likely to backfire and endanger the workers they aim to protect.
“Techlash,” Law, and Innovation: A Discussion of Antitrust, Data Privacy, and the Future of Internet Platforms
In the past year or two, the media and policymakers have raised concerns about data privacy, online speech, and whether tech giants like Facebook are monopolies that need to be broken up. This talk will examine the permissionless framework that allowed innovation to flourish as well as whether proposed government interventions such as antitrust or EU-style privacy regulation would solve these concerns and with what consequences. It will also look at what these proposed solutions might mean for new competitors and innovative approaches to online platforms.
Trump’s Challenge to the Trade Regime: Where Do We Go from Here?
This presentation examines the challenges that US President Donald Trump’s trade policy pose to the international trade regime. By looking at specific policy case studies, it addresses how an increasing tendency to favour protectionism and unilateralism has undermined the rules-based international order. It concludes with thoughts on whether this new approach is here to stay, and what things might look like in a post-Trump world.
The Road to Recovery: Using Economics to Promote the Recovery of Endangered Animals
In the United States, the federal Endangered Species Act is known as the “pit bull” of environmental law. Yet, despite its notorious teeth—strict regulatory burdens placed on property owners and industry—the law’s effects are mixed. On the one hand, very few species have gone extinct under its protections. On the other, equally few have recovered. This is because the law, like endangered species laws in many countries, makes rare species a significantly liability for landowners, rather than an asset. By giving greater consideration to the incentives faced by states, landowners, and conservationists, we can better promote efforts to restore habitat and recover species.