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September 24, 2021 - 11:00am to 3:00pm

SIEPR and the LBJ School Policy Forum - A Tale of Two States: Contrasting Economic Policy in California and Texas

SIEPR and the LBJ School Policy Forum - A Tale of Two States: Contrasting Economic Policy in California and Texas

America’s two most populous states take dramatically different approaches to making economic policy. California has the nation’s highest top marginal tax rate, while Texas doesn’t have an income tax. Every 1-in-3 Californians have health insurance through Medicaid, but only 1-in-6 Texans do. Both states are betrayed by their electric grids during extreme events, yet California and Texas manage those problems differently.

Join us on Friday, Sept 24, as SIEPR and the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin co-host academics, business leaders and policymakers to discuss these differing policy approaches and their impact on the economics and well-being of both states. 

Full agenda below (all times listed in PT). We invite and encourage you to submit questions in advance and/or throughout the forum for panelists to address during the event. Register today!

Learn more about America’s two most populous states and their dramatically different approaches to making economic policy with help from SIEPR Director Mark Duggan.

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Live virtual event

Admission: 

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Contact: 
Julia Huber
Jmhuber@stanford.edu

September 24, 2021

11:00am to 12:00pm
Setting the stage: the big picture on economic policy in California and Texas
Presenter(s) : 

Mark DugganThe Trione Director of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) and The Wayne and Jodi Cooperman Professor of Economics at Stanford

Sheila Olmstead, Professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin (UT), a University Fellow at Resources for the Future and a Senior Fellow at the Property and Environment Research Center

JR DeShazo, Dean of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin (UT)

12:00pm to 1:00pm
Growth, taxes and business: the competitive landscape
Presenter(s) : 

Chuck DeVore, Vice President of national initiatives and the Policy Director for the Election Protection Project at the Texas Public Policy Foundation

Lenny Mendonca, former Chief Economic and Business Advisor to Governor Gavin Newsom, Senior Partner Emeritus of McKinsey & Company, a lecturer on inequality at the Stanford Business School, and Chair and primary owner of the Coastside News Group

Moderator: 

Christina Kent, PhD candidate in the department of Economics at Stanford University and University of Texas at Austin alum

1:00pm to 2:00pm
Powering the two most populous U.S. states: similar challenges, different approaches
Presenter(s) : 

Michael Webber, Josey Centennial Professor in Energy Resources at the University of Texas at Austin

Frank Wolak, Holbrook Working Professor of Commodity Price Studies in the Department of Economics at Stanford University and SIEPR Senior Fellow

Moderator: 

Sheila Olmstead, Professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin (UT), a University Fellow at Resources for the Future and a Senior Fellow at the Property and Environment Research Center

2:00pm to 3:00pm
Taking the Pulse on Health Policy: The different approaches of California and Texas
Presenter(s) : 
Sandra R. Hernández, President and CEO of the California Health Care Foundation
Mark McClellan, Director and Robert J. Margolis, M.D., Professor of Business, Medicine and Policy at the Margolis Center for Health Policy at Duke University
Moderator: 

Mark Duggan, The Trione Director of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) and The Wayne and Jodi Cooperman Professor of Economics at Stanford