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Achieving Regulatory Excellence

Mon Nov 19 2018 (28:19)

Regulatory excellence is more complicated than raw numbers and needs to incorporate concern for the success of businesses, but also, and perhaps more importantly, the protection of citizens.

Much attention has been given to Donald Trump’s call for deregulation, a priority based on the notion that regulation impedes business growth.According to data from the Penn Wharton B-School for Public Policy seminar “Achieving Regulatory Excellence” by Professor Cary Coglianese, the number of cumulative pages in the code of Federal regulations has more than doubled from 75,000 to over180,000 between 1975 and 2016. But regulatory excellence is more complicated than the raw number of regulations ...

How regulators and legislators can respond to industry disruptions.

Sarah Light, Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics at the Wharton School, joins host Dan Loney to discuss her recent B-School Seminar presented to congressional staffers that focuses on examining the challenges facing regulators and legislators when new disruptive forms of business and technology require regulations that promote innovation while also protecting the public interest.

10 years after the financial crisis US corporate investment remains anemic. Is this weak recovery a symptom of a larger trend towards a less capital intensive economy?

What happened to domestic corporate investment after the financial crisis of 2008? Joao F. Gomes, Howard Butcher III Professor of Finance at the Wharton School, joins host Dan Loney to discuss his recent B-School Seminar presented to congressional staffers that examines the decade-long weak recovery, influencing the lackluster investment of U.S. corporations into its economy and its potential effects on little infrastructure spending.

What is the role for the federal government in the financing and management of public infrastructure?

Infrastructure is among health care, immigration, trade and other pressing topics on the American political agenda that need immediate attention. It’s also one of the most difficult problems to solve because it’s expensive, divisive and downright complicated. Nevertheless, Wharton finance professorRobert Inmanmakes a compelling argument for why government officials need to make infrastructure a priority.

Better use of big data through cross-agency coordination.

There is a concern in this country that some federal level policy decisions does not use the evidence that is collected by people at the state and local level. The impact of these moves can have a wide range of effects on different sectors, including housing, health, and education. In light of this, the Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative held a conference to try and reinforce the importance of data-centric decision making. Dennis Culhane is a Professor at Penn's School of Social Policy and Pr ...

There has been much discussion about a skills gap in the U.S. workforce. Available evidence on the U.S. economy does not support the idea that there are serious skill gaps.

Peter Cappelli, Director of the Center for Human Resources and Professor of Management at the Wharton School and Host of In the Workplace, joins host Dan Loney to discuss workforce development, skill gaps & employer tax incentive plans.

At a time when public confidence in major societa…

At a time when public confidence in major societal institutions seems to be under siege, the blockchain offers an intriguing new paradigm for establishing trust in human transactions. Wharton legal studies and business ethics professor Kevin Werbach talks about the transformative potential of the blockchain, the underlying technology behind cryptocurrencies such as the bitcoin. While the adoption of cyber-currencies is running into headwinds, the blockchain is finding more practical use across i ...

In 2013, US companies held $2 trillion in indefin…

In 2013, US companies held $2 trillion in indefinitely reinvested earnings abroad. How and why they continue to do this is central to the debate surrounding US international tax policy and carries broader repercussions for the domestic economy. Does the U.S. system of taxation potentially give foreign buyers of U.S. multinational businesses an unfair advantage? Jennifer Blouin, Associate Professor of Accounting at the Wharton School, joins host Dan Loney on Knowledge@Wharton to describe the pres ...

How policymakers can ensure transparency in high-risk insurance markets.

Howard Kunreuther, Co-Director of Wharton’s Public Policy Risk Management and Decision Processes Center, joins host Dan Loney on Knowledge@Wharton to discuss the potential re-authorization of the National Flood Insurance Program and the benefits of a more fair and risk-based insurance plan to help combat rising premium rates as presented to congressional staffers as part of the Penn Wharton B-School for Public Policy, a new monthly series of faculty-led seminars for policymakers. For more inform ...