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  2014
UC San Diego Economics Roundtable

Marjorie Flavin, Professor of Economics, Organizer
James Rauch, Professor of Economics and Chair

All events are 7:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m., UC San Diego Faculty Club


The University of California, San Diego is pleased to present the 2014 UC San Diego Economics Roundtable Lecture Series. The Economics Roundtable continues an important UC San Diego partnership tradition between the academic and business communities by providing a forum for local business professionals and community leaders to exchange ideas and information with world-class economists and financial experts.

The cost to attend each event is $50 per person (includes continental breakfast and parking). A significant discount is available for UC San Diego alumni, faculty, staff and students as well as individuals who purchase tickets for all four events. For additional information, call (858) 534-9710 or email econroundtable@ucsd.edu.

October 23

John Shoven

Adjusting Retirement Institutions for Longer Life Expectancies: You Can't Finance 30-Year Retirements with 40-Year Careers!

John Shoven

Charles R. Schwab Professor of Economics, Stanford
The Trione Director of SIEPR
Buzz and Barbara McCoy Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution

John Shoven's recent work has been in the field of economic demography.  He has written extensively on Social Security, including a number of papers on the advantage of deferring the commencement of Social Security benefits beyond retirement.  In 2008 he co-authored with George P. Shultz Putting Our House in Order: A Guide to Social Security and Health Care Reform, published by W. W. Norton.  In 2011, he edited Demography and the Economy, NBER and University of Chicago Press.  Over the years, he has written more than one hundred professional articles and has authored or edited more than twenty books. He is a recipient of the Paul A. Samuelson Award for Outstanding Scholarly Writing on Lifelong Financial Security.  He regularly teaches a Sophomore College Course and has taken three classes to Washington in that capacity.

John Shoven graduated from UCSD in 1969 majoring in physics.  He then went to Yale to study economics.  He has been on the Stanford faculty ever since receiving his PhD from Yale in 1973.  He was Chairman of the Economics Department from 1986-89, Director of the Center for Economic Policy Research from 1989-93 and Dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences from 1993 to 98.   Shoven has been the Director of SIEPR since 1999.  He is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  In the private sector, he is the Chairman of the Board of Cadence Design Systems and is a member of the board of Exponent Inc., Financial Engines and American Century Funds.

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Past Events

February 27

Masaaki Shirakawa

What Lessons Should We Learn From the Experience of the Japanese Economy in the Past Two Decades?

Masaaki Shirakawa

former Governor, The Bank of Japan

Masaaki Shirakawa was the Governor of The Bank of Japan from 2008-2013, and as such shaped the monetary policy of the world’s third largest economy during the global financial crisis.  From 2011-2013 he was also Director and Vice-Chairman at the Bank of International Settlements. He currently serves as Senior Advisor and member of the Global Advisory Board at Promontory Financial Group. In addition, he is a Special Professor of International Politics, Economics and Communication at Aoyama Gakuin University. Mr. Shirakawa is  a member of the “Group of 30”, a private nonprofit organization that aims to  deepen our understanding of international economic and financial issues.

Mr. Shirakawa graduated from The University of Tokyo with a Bachelor of Arts in economics, and he holds an MA in Economics from the University of Chicago. He joined the Bank of Japan in 1972. At BOJ, he held many key positions, including Executive Director (2002-2006).

Registration Closed

April 16

Stephen Mayfield

Programming Algae for Advanced
Bio-Manufacturing:
Food and Fuel for the 21st Century

Stephen Mayfield

Professor of Biology, UC San Diego
Director, California Center for Algae Biotechnology
John Dove Isaacs Chair of Natural Philosophy

Stephen Mayfield is director of the California Center for Algae Biotechnology, and a Co-director of the Food and Fuel for the 21st Century organized research unit at UC San Diego.  He is also the John Doves Isaacs Chair of Natural Philosophy in the department of Biology.  His research focuses on the molecular genetics of green algae, and on the production of high value recombinant proteins and biofuel molecules using algae as a production platform. Steve received BS degrees in Biochemistry and Plant Biology from Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, and a PhD in Molecular Genetics from UC Berkeley.  Following a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Geneva Switzerland he returned to California as an assistant professor at the Scripps Research Institute, where he remained for 22 years, becoming the Associate Dean of Biology before joining UC San Diego in 2009.  In addition to running his research group and university research centers, Steve also founded Rincon Pharmaceutical in 2005, a company based on the low cost production of human therapeutics using eukaryotic algae as an expression platform,  Sapphire Energy in 2007, the worlds largest company developing biofuels in algae and photosynthetic bacteria, and Trion Algae Innovations in 2012, a company developing high value recombinant proteins as animal and human nutraceuticals.

Registration Closed

July 10

Ken Kroner

Quantitative Investing in the 21st Century

Ken Kroner

Senior Managing Director, BlackRock
Global Head of Multi-Asset Strategies
Head and Chief Investment Officer of Scientific Active Equity

Ken Kroner, PhD, Senior Managing Director, is global head of Multi-Asset Strategies as well as head and Chief Investment Officer of Scientific Active Equity. He serves as a member of the Global Executive Committee and the Global Operating Committee.

Dr. Kroner's service with the firm dates back to 1994, including his years with Barclays Global Investors (BGI), which merged with BlackRock in 2009. At BGI, he served as head of the Global Market Strategies Group, head of the Hedge Fund Management Group and co-head of the Client Solutions Group. These teams were responsible for BGI's asset allocation, global macro, currency, active commodity, fund of hedge funds and client solutions businesses. Prior to joining BGI in 1994, Dr. Kroner was an associate professor of economics and finance at the University of Arizona.

Dr. Kroner serves or has served on various academic boards, foundation boards and academic journal editorial boards. His research on forecasting volatility and asset returns has been widely published in both academic and practitioner journals. Dr. Kroner earned a BA degree in mathematics and economics from the University of Alberta in 1983 and a PhD in economics from the University of California at San Diego in 1988.

Registration Closed

The UC San Diego Department of Economics gratefully
acknowledges the 2014 UC San Diego Economics
Roundtable Steering Committee for its support.

Don Billings, Consultant
Promontory Financial Group

Jeff Lewin, Partner
Sullivan Hill Lewin Rez & Engel

Steve McCourt, Managing Principal
Meketa Investment Group

Alan Nevin
Xpera Group

John Reis
Reis Investment Management

Jeff Witt, Past President/Director
CFA Society San Diego

Sponsors, Partners and Table Underwriters


CFA Society: San Diego

The UCSD Economics Roundtable thanks Corporate Sponsor CFA Society San Diego; campus partner UCSD Alumni; and Table Underwriters Reis Investment Management, The San Diego Daily Transcript, Sullivan Hill Lewin Rez & Engel, Terry Moore, CCIM, and Xpera Group for generously supporting this series.

For more information: economics.ucsd.edu/roundtable