Our Upcoming Policy Forum - The App Economy

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Our next SIEPR Policy Forum, The App Economy, Friday, January 30th, 2015.


Once again the Valley is buzzing with startups, new ventures, and concerns about a bubble.  Our next Forum will look at how the move to mobile and the explosion of entrepreneurial activity is once more driving innovation.

For the App Economy, we want to look at two big questions:

1.  What drives the Mobile and App Economy?   
2.  How is the rise of the App Economy - and mobile technology more generally - changing the rest of the economy?


10:00-11:00:  The Mobile App Economy
Simon Khalaf, CEO, Flurry from Yahoo, "The App Economy 2015"
Tim Bresnahan, Stanford Economics & SIEPR, Pai-Ling Yin, SIEPR, "How Mobile Platforms Compete"

11:00-12:15:  Apps and Data
Erin Coffman, Chetan Sharma, and Alok Gupta:  AirBnB
 "How Mobile and Big Data Change Travel"

Amir Ghodrati, AppAnnie – "App + Data"
Steve Tadelis – UC Berkeley Economics, "Consumer Mobile Payments and Finance Big Data"
<Lunch & Demo Hour >
1:00-2:15:  The Next 3 Billion Users
Rick Osterloh, CEO, Motorola Mobility,  "Reaching The Next 3 Billion Users"

Ethan Yeh, Lead Economist, Twitter,  "Apps for the Developing World"
Ming Zeng, Chief Strategy Officer, Alibaba
2:15-3:15:  Apps and Profits
Anna Bager,  Senior VP, Internet Advertising Bureau,  "Mobile Ads and Video"
Liran Einav, Stanford Economics,  "Mobile's Impact on Ecommerce at EBay"
3:15-4:00: Investing in Connected Commerce
Ashwini Chhabra, Uber
Josh Elman, Partner, Greylock Venture Capital 
Reception following conclusion. 

If you are interested in the Forum, please contact SIEPR Policy Forum Director Ward Hanson.

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Policy Forum on Neuroeconomics

Our Spring 2014 Policy Forum 

This past spring we had a fascinating discussion about the emerging field of neuroeconomics.  Some of the top scientists and economics in the field looked at the connection between our brains and our choices - and how the rapidly changing field is shifting some of our policy perspectives.

How do our brains shape our policy choices, including those problems we ignore?

The last decade has seen an explosion of research connecting economic decision-making and neuroscience.  Neuroeconomists use brain activity to determine how we fram economic and policy decisions, handle risk, and anticipate our future.

Leading researchers, policy makers, and "neuro-startups" will discuss this fascinating and rapidly developing area.  Join us for the SIEPR Policy Forum on Neuroeconomics- your brain will approve!

Our speakers include:

William Newsome, Co-Chair, U.S. Presidential Brain Initiative, Harman Family Provostial Professor and Professor of Neurobiology, Stanford

Antonio Rangel, Bing Professor of Neuroscience, Behavioral Biology and Economics, California Institute of Technology

Maya Shankar, White House Office of Science Technology and Policy, (see stories here and here.)

Sam McClure,  Assistant Professor of Psychology, Stanford

Cary Frydman,  Assistant Professor of Finance and Business Economics, USC

Brian Knutson, Associate Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience, Stanford

"Neuro-startups,"  including NeuroSky and Irrational Labs.

AGENDA is here.


All current Stanford students are welcome, as well as members of the Stanford community with a Stanford ID.  Others are welcome by invitation.   The event is free, at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, 366 Galvez Street, Stanford.  It begins at 10am, Friday April 11th.


SIEPR Policy Forum on Big Data

Big Data is sweeping business and government.  Those with "data skills" are highly sought after job applicants.  Some view Big Data as the next big job and productivity generator for the U.S. economy.

At the same time, big data presents a confusing and worrisome challenge.   Whether its Big Brother (such as the NSA) or "Little Brother (such as your cell phone company), many are worried about how big data tracks and predicts our every movement.

Come hear, debate, and meet some of the world experts on the impact of big data on our economy.  What does it mean for you, your career, and our lives?

All current Stanford students are welcome, as well as members of the Stanford community with a Stanford ID.  Others are invited by invitation.   The event is free, at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, 366 Galvez Street, Stanford.  It begins at 10am, Friday October 25th.

For a look at the agenda, please click here.


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