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  • Seminars

    A schedule of upcoming and recent events is listed below.

  • Blockchain
  • Blockchain seminar meets once a week on Tuesday, from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. For further information or to be added to the mailing list please contact Michelle Fiorenza at fiorenza@mit.edu

  • Date Event Location
    September 19, 2017 Micheal Casey, "The Prospects of deploying blockchain-based solar microgrids in Native American communities," E62-350
    September 26, 2017 Anders Brownworth Anders Brownworth, Circle  will speak about Circle's smart contract and state channel implementation, code named Spark, which proposes a standard for value transfer in regulated financial environments. E62-650
    October 3, 2017 A large delegation from the World Bank Group Technology and Innovation, Blockchain Lab Initiative and the IMF E62-350
    October 17,2017 Balaji Srinivasan and Leland Lee will discuss their work on quantifying how decentralized blockchains are using various "ex post" metric. E62-350
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  • China
  • MIT Sloan China Seminar Series—made possible by the generosity of Mr. Xianhong Wu

    China seminar meets once a month, please see schedule below. The time is 11:30am-1:00 p.m. and lunch will be provided. Papers are available upon request. Please email Michael Davidson at michd@mit.edu

  • Date Event Location
    September 21, 2017 Loren Brandt, Professor of Economics, Noranda Chair in Economics and International Trade, University of Toronto

    Barriers to Entry and Regional Economic Growth in China

    September 21, 11:30am-1:00pm

    E62-550
    October 26, 2017 Ann Harrison, William H. Wurster Professor of Multinational Management, The Wharton School

    Escaping Import Competition and Backward Linkages

     October 26, 11:30am-1:00pm

    E62-550
    In this paper, we identify a new source of productivity gains from tradereform: final-goods tariff changes feed back to input suppliers, creating"backward linkages." For China, backward linkages are the biggestsource of productivity gains from opening up to trade. Our explanation for ourfindings is formalized in the theoretical model. In the model, firms choose toinvest in product differentiation in order to escape competition. Markups inthe final goods sectors fall, consistent with the evidence presented in thepaper. As firms upgrade through differentiating their products, they demandmore differentiated inputs from their suppliers. Consequently, innovation spillover to domestic suppliers through backward linkages.    Ourempirical work provides support for the mechanism: as tariffs fall, both finalgoods providers and suppliers upgrade to higher skill intensive sectors.

    ProfHarrison's bio:

    Ann E. Harrison is the William H. WursterProfessor of Multinational Management at the Wharton School, University ofPennsylvania, a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research,Research Fellow at the CEPR and an affiliate of the International Growth Centrein London. She has also taught at Columbia Business School, the University ofCalifornia, Berkeley, the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University,and the University of Paris. She currently serves as the US Representative onthe United Nation’s Committee on Development Policy.  Before joining theWharton School, Professor Harrison spent two years in Washington D.C. as theDirector of Development Policy at the World Bank. She is the author of dozensof articles and several books, including Globalization and Poverty (2007), andThe Factory-Free Economy (2017).

    E62-550
    November 30, 2017 Shangjin Wei, Columbia University TBD
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  • Viral Political Action
  • Viral Political Action seminar meets once a week on Thursdays, from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. For further information or to be added to the mailing list please contact Michelle Fiorenza at fiorenza@mit.edu

  • Date Event Location
    September 14 Viral Political Action Meets weekly in different locations
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