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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 2024 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. 

Please check below our upcoming speaker for registration details.


February 9th, 2024

Frank-Wolak-1.pngProgress and Challenges in Changing California's Electricity Supply Mix

Date: February 9th, 2024

Time:  7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Location: UC San Diego Faculty Club (breakfast included)

Frank Wolak

Professor of Economics, Stanford University


Moving from an electricity supply industry dominated by natural gas fired generation units to one with a significant share of intermittent wind and solar resources presents many new challenges for electricity supply, the transmission grid, and energy storage. This talk will discuss these challenges and how California is addressing them to maintain a reliable supply of electricity. Frank Wolak is the Holbrook Working Professor of Commodity Price Studies in the Department of Economics at Stanford University. He has served as Chair of the Market Surveillance Committee of the California Independent System Operator for electricity supply industry in California and on the Emissions Market Advisory Committee for California’s Market for Greenhouse Gas Emissions allowances. His book with Ian Hardman, The Future of Electricity Retailing and How We Get There, was published last year.


May 2nd, 2024

Lacker-IMG_7304.jpgWhat Lessons Should the Federal Reserve Learn from the Inflation Surge?

Date: May 2nd, 2024

Time:  7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Location: UC San Diego Faculty Club (breakfast included)

Jeffrey M. Lacker

Former President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond


After decades of low inflation, rapid price increases have again become a primary concern of policy makers. What lessons should the Federal Reserve learn from the inflation surge? Jeffrey Lacker received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin in 1984. He worked in the Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond from 1989 to 2004 and served as the bank's president from 2004 to 2017. As bank president he was a rotating member of the FOMC which sets U.S. monetary policy. He has also taught at Purdue University and Virginia Commonwealth University.


July 24th, 2024

Norm-Miller.jpegLessons from a Lifetime of Running House Models

Date: July 24th, 2024

Time:  7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Location: UC San Diego Faculty Club (breakfast included)

Norm Miller

Professor Emeritus, University of San Diego


How predictable are housing markets?  How accurate are appraisals? How will AI impact underwriting, appraisal, lending fees, and title insurance? Norm Miller will address these and other questions on July 24. He is a leading authority on housing market trends and mortgage risk analysis with decades of experience covering the entire U..S market. Dr. Miller received his Ph.D. in finance and real estate from Ohio State University, and is recipient of the Education Award, the James A. Graaskamp Award, and the Ratcliff Award from the American Real Estate Society. He has served as head of analytics for CoStar and spent the last part of his academic career as the Ernest W. Hahn Chair of Real Estate Finance at the University of San Diego.

October 3rd, 2024

stevenson-betsey-profile-1800x2280.jpgAI Will Change Work and Society: How Will We Adapt?

Date: October 3rd, 2024

Time:  7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Location: UC San Diego Faculty Club (breakfast included)

Betsey Stevenson

Professor of Public Policy and Economics, University of Michigan


Artificial intelligence is going to eliminate jobs -- millions of them. Can our workforce adapt to this challenge, and if so, how? Betsey Stevenson served as chief economist of the U.S. Department of Labor from 2010 to 2011, on the President's Council of Economic Advisors 2013-2015, and was on the Biden-Harris transition team. She is a research associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research a research fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research, an elected member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Lyft, Inc. She earned her Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University and currently teaches at the University of Michigan.

UC San Diego Sponsors

Department of Economics

Department of Urban Studies and Planning


Corporate Sponsor 

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Partners and Table Underwriters

Terry Moore, CCIM
Alex Rojas
Jeff Lewin
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Roundtable Steering Committee

Jim Hamilton, Professor
Department of Economics 

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

Don Billings, Consultant
Promontory Financial Group

Joseph Marshall, Shareholder

Terry Moore, CCIM-ACI Principal
ACI Apartments

Alan Nevin

Alex Rojas, Owner/Broker
Shore Point Realty 

Eduardo Ciuffo, Program Director
CFA Society San Diego

Melissa McGrane, President
CFA Society San Diego

Jeff Lewin, Retired Lawyer
Chair Emeritus, California Western School of Law

Stephanie Venti, Director of Development
UCSD School of Social Sciences