UC San Diego Economics Roundtable

James Hamilton, Professor of Economics, Organizer
James Rauch, Professor of Economics and Chair

The University of California, San Diego is pleased to present the 2016 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 refreshments 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.

Our Speakers

July 7

Shanta Devarajan

How Arab Oil Exporters and Importers Can Benefit From Low Oil Prices

7:30-9:00 a.m.
UC San Diego Faculty Club


Shantayanan Devarajan

Chief Economist, Middle East and North Africa
World Bank

Shantayanan Devarajan is the Chief Economist of the World Bank’s Middle East and North Africa Region. Since joining the World Bank in 1991, he has been a Principal Economist and Research Manager for Public Economics in the Development Research Group, and the Chief Economist of the Human Development Network, South Asia, and Africa Region. He was the director of the World Development Report 2004, Making Services Work for Poor People. Before 1991, he was on the faculty of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

The author or co-author of over 100 publications, Mr. Devarajan’s research covers public economics, trade policy, natural resources and the environment, and general equilibrium modeling of developing countries. Born in Sri Lanka, Mr. Devarajan received his B.A. in mathematics from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.


Click to Register for the July 7 Roundtable with Devarajan

October 12

Narayana Kocherlakota

Room for Macroeconomic Improvement

7:30-9:00 a.m.
UC San Diego Faculty Club


Narayana Kocherlakota

Lionel W. McKenzie Professor of Economics
University of Rochester

Former President, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Narayana Kocherlakota is the inaugural Lionel W. McKenzie Professor of Economics at the University of Rochester. He previously held academic appointments in economics and finance at the University of Minnesota, Stanford, Northwestern, and The University of Iowa, and is a Fellow of the Econometric Society. From 2009-2015, Kocherlakota served as the 12th president of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank. He has published over fifty scholarly articles in macroeconomics, financial economics and economic theory, and is currently a columnist for BloombergView. Kocherlakota received his PhD in economics from The University of Chicago and his A.B. in mathematics from Princeton University.


Click to Register for the October 12 Roundtable with Kocherlakota

Past Events

February 4

Edwin Hutchins

Automation in Planes and Automobiles:
Lessons from the history of flying for the future of driving

7:30-9:00 a.m.
UC San Diego Faculty Club


Edwin Hutchins

Professor Emeritus
Department of Cognitive Science
UC San Diego

Edwin Hutchins is an emeritus professor in Cognitive Science at UCSD.  He has devoted his career to studying cognition in real-world settings.  These settings range from land litigation in Papua New Guinea to traditional long-distance navigation in Micronesia, navigation on large navy ships, and, for the past 25 years, the cognitive human factors of flight deck operations in commercial airlines worldwide.

He is known for developing the theoretical framework called “distributed cognition” and the associated “cognitive ethnography” methods.  Professor Hutchins was awarded a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation fellowship in 1985 and was named a fellow of the Cognitive Science Society in 2002.  He is the author of Culture and Inference (1980, Harvard University Press) and Cognition in the Wild (1995, MIT Press).   


April 7

John F. Powers

Water Policy in California

7:30-9:00 a.m.
UC San Diego Faculty Club


Maureen Stapleton

General Manager
San Diego County Water Authority

Maureen A. Stapleton is the General Manager of the San Diego County Water Authority, the regional water agency that provides up to 90 percent of all the water used in San Diego County. Since taking over the agency in 1996, Stapleton has led the Water Authority's diversification efforts and successfully developed a comprehensive array of water supply and infrastructure programs designed to diversify and improve the reliability of San Diego County's water supply. Stapleton oversees a dynamic agency, managing a $3.1 billion Capital Improvement Program and leading the Water Authority's efforts in the region's water supply reliability through implementation of the Imperial Valley water transfers, the Carlsbad seawater desalination project, advancement of regional water efficiency and conservation programs, and water recycling and reuse.



The UC San Diego Department of Economics gratefully
acknowledges the 2016 UC San Diego Economics
Roundtable Steering Committee for its support.

Don Billings, Consultant
Promontory Financial Group

Jeff LaBerge, President
CFA Society San Diego

Jeff Lewin, Partner
Sullivan Hill Lewin Rez & Engel

Steve McCourt, Managing Principal
Meketa Investment Group

Terry Moore, CCIM-ACI Principal
ACI Apartments

Alan Nevin
Xpera Group

John Reis
Reis Investment Management

Lu Yu, 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, Sullivan Hill Lewin Rez & Engel, Terry Moore, CCIM - ACI Apartments, and Xpera Group for generously supporting this series.

For more information: economics.ucsd.edu/roundtable