Past Lectures

Select from the list below to view presentations or watch videos of past Brookings Mountain West lectures and events.

  • Feb. 5, 2014
    Neil Ruiz

    International Migration and Economic Development of Global Metropolitan Areas

    Brookings Mountain West presents “International Migration and Economic Development of Global Metropolitan Areas,” a talk by Neil Ruiz, senior policy analyst and associate fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program. International migration is a global and local development issue. Migrants across international borders are transformative agents with economic, social, and political ties to...
  • Jan. 29, 2014
    Vanda Felbab-Brown

    Afghanistan’s Future and the Legacies of U.S. Counterinsurgency Efforts

    Brookings Mountain West presents “Afghanistan’s Future and the Legacies of U.S. Counterinsurgency Efforts,” a talk by Vanda Felbab-Brown, fellow, Foreign Policy. The United States and its allies have spent more than a decade of great effort and sacrifice to fight the Taliban and stabilize the government in Afghanistan. Yet the insurgents have not been defeated, and many Afghans believe that a...
  • Nov. 6, 2013
    Beth Akers

    Is College a Good Investment?: An Economic and Policy Analysis

    Brookings Mountain West presents “Is College a Good Investment?: An Economic and Policy Analysis,” a talk by Beth Akers, fellow, Governance Studies.  This lecture provides a theoretical framework for thinking about the financial returns on the investment in higher education degrees and will present the latest empirical finding on this question. The discussion will touch on the...
  • Oct. 30, 2013
    Ron Haskins

    Can America Govern Itself?: Deficits, Debt, and Delay

    Brookings Mountain West presents “Can America Govern Itself?: Deficits, Debt, and Delay,” a talk by Ron Haskins, co-director, Center on Children and Families, Budgeting for National Priorities and senior fellow, Economic Studies.  America has now been in the throes of a deficit and debt crisis for nearly a decade. Over the last three years, the federal government has tied...
  • Oct. 22, 2013
    Ross Hammond

    The Challenge of Obesity, and a Systems Approach to Solutions

    Brookings Mountain West presents “The Challenge of Obesity, and a Systems Approach to Solutions,” a talk by Ross A. Hammond, director, Center on Social Dynamics and Policy, and senior fellow, Economic Studies. Obesity has grown into a major global epidemic. Rates in the U.S. have doubled since the 1980s, with more than two-thirds of adults now overweight (including more...
  • Oct. 8, 2013
    Adele Morris

    Could a State-Level Carbon Tax Work in the Intermountain West?

    Brookings Mountain West presents “Could a State-Level Carbon Tax Work in the Intermountain West?,” a talk by Adele Morris, fellow, Economic Studies and Policy Director for Climate and Energy Economics.  With the U.S. federal government stuck in partisan gridlock, attention increasingly turns to states and localities for innovative climate solutions. This talk will explore...
  • Oct. 2, 2013
    Molly Jackman

    Overcoming Legislative Gridlock in the U.S. Congress: How Procedural Rules Affect Legislative Obstructionism

    Brookings Mountain West presents  “Overcoming Legislative Gridlock in the U.S. Congress: How Procedural Rules Affect Legislative Obstructionism,” a talk by Molly Jackman, fellow, Governance Studies. More than 90 percent of bills introduced in the U.S. House never make it to a floor vote, and far fewer are enacted into law. Since legislative gridlock is much more common than legislative...
  • Sep. 25, 2013
    Walter Valdivia

    Innovation, Inequality, and the Commercialization of Academic Research

    Brookings Mountain West presents “Innovation, Inequality, and the Commercialization of Academic Research,” a talk by Walter Valdivia, fellow, Governance Studies, Center for Technology Innovation.  Patent policy is rarely debated in relation to its distributive consequences. In particular, the Bayh-Dole Act has been discussed in terms of its effects on the pace of...
  • Sep. 18, 2013
    Johnathan Rothwell

    The Hidden STEM Economy: The Surprising Diversity of Jobs Requiring Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Knowledge

    Brookings Mountain West presents “The Hidden STEM Economy: The Surprising Diversity of Jobs Requiring Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Knowledge,” a talk by Jonathan Rothwell, senior research associate and associate fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program.  Policy and businesses leaders have argued that there is a shortage of highly educated workers in professional...
  • Sep. 11, 2013
    Tracy Gordon

    By Choice or by Chance:  Why is Nevada Last in Federal Funding and What Can Be Done About It?

    Brookings Mountain West presents “By Choice or by Chance:  Why is Nevada Last in Federal Funding and What Can Be Done About It?”,  a talk by Tracy Gordon, fellow, Economic Studies. The federal government spends more than $600 billion or 17 percent of its budget each year on grants to states and localities. Nevada consistently ranks at the bottom among states in its allocation of...
  • Apr. 23, 2013
    Brookings Mountain West

    America’s New Demography: Rising Minorities, Aging Boomers, and Emerging Cultural Gaps

    Brookings Mountain West presents “America’s New Demography: Rising Minorities, Aging Boomers, and Emerging Cultural Gaps,” a talk by William Frey, senior fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program. There are major demographic changes occurring in the United States right now. As the number of whites is declining among children and in many communities, we are seeing growth in other racial groups,...
  • Apr. 9, 2013
    Brookings Mountain West

    The Middle Class vs the Creative Class: The Fight for Russia's Future

    Brookings Mountain West presents "The Middle Class vs the Creative Class: The Fight for Russia's Future" a talk by Clifford Gaddy, senior fellow, Foreign Policy. Russia needs to modernize, and to do that it needs a large number of people who in terms of education, motivation, and outlook are the equals of the middle class populations of Western Europe and the rest of the advanced world. There is...
  • Apr. 3, 2013
    Brookings Mountain West

    The Euro Area Crisis: Origins, Prospects and Implication for the World Economy and Global Governance

    Brookings Mountain West presents “The Euro Area Crisis: Origins, Prospects and Implication for the World Economy and Global Governance” a talk by Domenico Lombardi, Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development, and President, The Oxford Institute for Economic Policy. European nations have adopted a common currency and created regional institutions but they are also undergoing the...
  • Mar. 20, 2013
    Brookings Mountain West

    Changing Policy without Changing Law: Addressing Climate Change Under the Clean Air Act

    Brookings Mountain West presents “Changing Policy without Changing Law: Addressing Climate Change under the Clean Air Act” a talk by Philip Wallach, Senior Fellow, Governance Studies. As much of the rest of the developed world has adopted climate change laws, Congress has remained almost entirely inactive.  America’s policies have not remained static, however.  In 2007,...
  • Mar. 12, 2013
    Brookings Mountain West

    Capitalizing in the Nation’s Capital: Matching State and Regional Resources to Administration Funding Priorities

    Brookings Mountain West presents “Capitalizing in the Nation’s Capital: Matching State and Regional Resources to Administration Funding Priorities” a talk by John Hudak, Fellow, Governance Studies. This presentation explores the relationship between the funding and policy priorities established by presidential administrations and the financial resources provided to individual states...
  • Feb. 27, 2013
    Audrey Singer

    Immigrant Workers, Human Capital Investment and the Shape of Immigration Reform

    Brookings Mountain West presents "Immigrant Workers, Human Capital Investment and the Shape of Immigration Reform" a talk by Audrey Singer, senior fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program. President Obama's speech in Las Vegas last month kicked off Congressional debates on immigration policy.  While border security and illegal immigration are still high profile and thorny issues, slow economic...
  • Feb. 21, 2013
    Brookings Mountain West

    Applying Well-Being Metrics to Public Policy: Lessons from Experiments around the World

    Brookings Mountain West presents “Applying Well-Being Metrics to Public Policy: Lessons from Experiments around the World” a talk by Carol Graham, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy and Global Economy and Development' Charles Robinson Chair in Foreign Policy Studies. The ongoing research activity of economists who study what constitutes happiness and make recommendations to governments...
  • Jan. 29, 2013
    Brookings Mountain West

    Technocracy vs. Democracy: Understanding Technology Policy Decision-Making

    Brookings Mountain West presents “Technocracy vs. Democracy: Understanding Technology Policy Decision-making” a talk by Allan Friedman, Fellow, Governance Studies and Research Director, Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings. The role and impact of technology on democracy and public policy continues to affect our lives on a daily basis. Technology is a monumental factor in our...
  • Nov. 27, 2012
    Brookings Mountain West

    New Approaches to Understanding and Managing Social Dynamics and Public Policy

    Brookings Mountain West presents "New Approaches to Understanding and Managing Social Dynamics and Public Policy" a talk by Ross A. Hammond, Senior Fellow, Economic Studies. Complex social dynamics drive our economic, political, and public health systems, and understanding these dynamics can be critical for designing effective public policies. Advanced computational modeling is increasingly...
  • Nov. 14, 2012
    Brookings Mountain West

    Climate Change and International Trade: Conflict or Opportunity

    Brookings Mountain West presents "Climate Change and International Trade: Conflict or Opportunity?" a talk by Joshua Meltzer, Fellow, Global Economy and Development. How can international trade negotiations provide incentives or limit progress on domestic and international climate change policy? This presentation will explore how trade negotiations can reduce trade barriers to low carbon...