Cato Papers on Public Policy: June 2–3, 2011


Thursday, June 2, 2011

1:30 – 3:00 PM

Competition and Innovation


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Michele Boldrin, Department of Economics, Washington University
Juan Correa, Department of Economics, Washington University
David Levine, Department of Economics, Washington University
Carmine Ornaghi, Department of Economics, University of Southhampton

Discussants: Andy Atkeson, Department of Economics, UCLA
Discussants: Sam Kortum, Department of Economics, University of Chicago


3:00 – 3:30 PM

Coffee Break


3:30 – 5:00 PM

Can the Treasury Exempt its Own Companies from Tax? The $45 Billion GM NOL Carryforward


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Mark Ramseyer, Harvard Law School, Harvard University
Eric Rasmusen, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University

Discussants: Frank Buckley, George Mason University Law
Discussants: Efraim Benmelech, Department of Economics, Harvard University


5:00 – 6:00 PM

Wine and Cheese Reception



Friday, June 3, 2011

8: 00 – 8:30 AM

Continental Breakfast


8:30 – 10:00 AM

Free to Punish? The American Dream and the Harsh Treatment of Criminals


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Rafael Di Tella, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Juan Dubra, Department of Economics, University of Montevideo

Discussants: Glenn Loury, Department of Economics, Brown University
Discussants: Justin McCrary, Boalt Law School, University of California, Berkeley


10:00 – 10:30 AM
Coffee Break

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Labor Market Dysfunction during the 1930s and Today


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Lee Ohanian, Department of Economics, UCLA
Kyle Herkenhoff, Department of Economics, UCLA

Discussants: Robert Hall, Department of Economics, Stanford University
Discussants: John Leahy, Department of Economics, New York University