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James Hamilton, Professor of Economics, Organizer

Marc Muendler, Chair of Economics Department

Isaac Martin, Chair of Urban Studies and Planning Department

The University of California, San Diego is pleased to present the 2023 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 2023 Season has ended. Find information about our speakers and topics below.


February 22nd, 2023

Lee_Ohanian_Headshot.jpgHow We Lost the California Dream and How to Get It Back 

Date: February 22nd, 2023

Time:  9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Location: East Ballroom in Price Center (breakfast included)

Lee Ohanian

Professor of Economics, UCLA


352 companies moved their headquarters from California to other states in the last three years. How much did economic policies and the high cost of housing in California contribute to this exodus, and what could the state do to address these problems? Lee Ohanian is Distinguished Professor of Economics and Director of the Ettinger Family Program in Macroeconomic Research at UCLA. He has published widely in the leading economics journals and has been an adviser to several different Federal Reserve Banks and foreign central banks. His research has been discussed in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and many other media outlets. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Rochester.


April 25th, 2023

KMportrait.jpgIndia at 75: Challenges and Opportunities

Date: April 25th, 2023

Time:  7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Location: UCSD Faculty Club

Karthik Muralidharan

Professor of Economics, UCSD



With over 1.4 Billion people, India will soon be the largest country in the world by population. India is also the world's largest democracy, and recently completed 75 years since Independence. This talk by Karthik Muralidharan will present an overview of India at 75, and discuss key challenges and opportunities in the years ahead. Prof. Muralidharan is one of the world's leading experts on the Indian economy and is the Tata Chancellor's Professor of Economics at UC San Diego. Born and raised in India, he received his  Ph.D. in economics from Harvard. He is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Fellow and Board Member of the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development, a Board member and co-chair of the Education program at the Jameel Poverty Action Lab, and an affiliate of several global research organizations.


July 10th, 2023

loretta-mester-high-res.jpgAn Update from the Federal Reserve

Date: July 10th, 2023

Time:  8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Location: Zoom

Loretta Mester

President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland




Loretta J. Mester is president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.  In that role, she participates in the formulation of U.S. monetary policy and oversees more than 1,000 employees based at the Bank’s Cleveland office and Branch offices in Cincinnati and Pittsburgh who conduct economic research, supervise banking institutions, promote community development, and provide payment services to depository institutions and the U.S. Treasury.  Mester represents the Fourth District on the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC). She is an adjunct professor of finance at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and holds a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University.

October 6th, 2023

Untitled-design.jpgHave Capital Markets Forgotten About Sustainability?

Date: October 6th, 2023

Time:  7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Location: UCSD Faculty Club

Robert Engle

Professor Emeritus, UCSD and NYU

Is sustainability risk priced into stock-market valuations? Robert Engle received the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2003 for his contributions to measuring risk and what it means for investors. He taught for many years at the University of California at San Diego where he was Chancellor's Associates Professor of Economics and subsequently at the New York University Stern School of Business. He is currently Co-Director of the NYU Stern Volatility and Risk Institute.



UC San Diego Sponsors

Department of Economics

Department of Urban Studies and Planning


Corporate Sponsor 

CFA logo


Partners and Table Underwriters

Sullivan Hill
Terry Moore, CCIM - ACI Apartments
Alex Rojas 


Isaac Martin, Professor and Chair
Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Don Billings, Consultant
Promontory Financial Group

Joseph Marshall, Shareholder
Sullivan Hill

Terry Moore, CCIM-ACI Principal
ACI Apartments

Alan Nevin
Xpera Group 

Alex Rojas, Owner/Broker
Shore Point Realty 

Manny Labrinos, Program Director
CFA Society San Diego

Melissa McGrane, President
CFA Society San Diego

Jeff Lewin, Attorney at Law
California Western School of Law

Stephanie Venti, Director of Development
UCSD School of Social Sciences