The George J. Stigler Center hosts conferences where members of the business, academic, and public policy communities gather to exchange views on and debate ideas about the center’s research agenda. The center also seeks to raise awareness of important economic and policy issues at events open to students at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and other members of the public.

Past Events



April 10, 2015

The Next Frontier of Climate Change: State & Local Action in Chicago


Date: April 10, 2015

Location: University of Chicago

Friday, April 10

Welcome and Introductory Remarks Watch On-Demand

  • Robert Brennan, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, The New Republic
  • Michael Quigley, Member, U.S. House of Representatives (D-IL 5th)

Headline Interview: EPA's Gina McCarthy Watch On-Demand

Gina McCarthy, Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency interviewed by Jeffrey Ball, Scholar-in-Residence, Stanford University's Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, and Contributor, The New Republic

 City Approaches to Confronting Climate Change Watch On-Demand

  • Emma Berndt, Executive Director, Urban Energy and Sustainability Lab, University of Chicago
  • Katherine Gajewski, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Philadelphia
  • Amy Francetic, Chief Executive Officer, Clean Energy Trust
  • Gabriel Pacyniak, Climate Change Mitigation Program Manger, Georgetown Climate Center
  • Moderator: Jeffrey Ball, Scholar-in-Residence, Stanford University's Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, and Contributor, The New Republic

 State Efforts to Implement Climate Legislation Watch On-Demand

  • Doug Scott, Former ICC Chair and IEPA Head, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Great Plains Institute
  • Michael Polsky, President and CEO, Invenergy
  • Moderator: Michael Greenstone, Director, Energy Policy Institute at Chicago

November 13, 2014

The Ninth B. Peter Pashigian Memorial Lecture

Harper Center, Classroom 06

3:30 p.m.

Featuring Professor Kevin Murphy

Competition, Negotiated Discounts and Contracts that Reference Rivals

Introductory Remarks: Robert Topel

To view the lecture, click here.

October 15, 2014

A Conversation with Peter Thiel, Cofounder of PayPal

Harper Center, Room 104

5 - 6:30 p.m.

Peter shares highlights from his new book, Zero to One

Cosponsered with the Polsky Center

To see live coverage, click here.

Date Event

May 15, 2014

November 1, 2015

30 Years After the Failure of Continental Illinois Bank: Have We Solved Too Big to Fail?

May 15, 2014

Gleacher Center, Room 204

450 North Cityfront Plaza, Chicago, Illinois

A conference organized by the Stigler Center of the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business with financial support from The Clearing House.

One day conference to analyze the impact of the Continental Illinois Bank’s failure and bail-out in 1984 on the development of “too big to fail” in the US and the subsequent regulatory, supervisory, and market changes that have affected expectations about perceptions of government support.

Background: On May 17, 1984, regulators took over the failing Continental Illinois Bank, one of the ten largest banks in the US at the time. The government provided complete protection to all depositors and liability holders against loss. When questioned about the intervention in a congressional hearing the following September, the comptroller of the currency said that roughly the largest 11 banks in the US would receive the same treatment if they were in trouble. This became the modern origin of “too big to fail” in the US. Concerned about the moral hazard problems and unequal treatment, Congress and regulators worked to change the perceptions of government support through various regulatory actions and the passage of FDIC Improvement Act of 1991. The 2010 Dodd-Frank Act contains a number of provisions aimed at mitigating “too big to fail” and debate continues about their implementation and effectiveness. The conference speakers will contribute to this important policy debate.

Panel One

Panel Two

Panel Three

See agenda for more information.

May 9, 2013

Energy Policy Workshop with Epic, Chicago Booth

Booth School of Business, Room C02

Noon - 1:15 p.m.

April 25, 2013

Spring Energy Forum: Meghan Busse, Northwestern University: "Did Cash for Clunkers Deliver?"

Booth School of Business, Room C02

Noon - 1:15 p.m.

Dr. Meghan Busse at Northwestern University focuses her research on market structure and competition, with particular interest in pricing and price discrimination. Her areas of current interest are energy economics and the U.S. automobile industry; her study of the auto industry is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

She will speak on the question "Did Cash for Clunkers Deliver? The Consumer Effects of the Car Allowance Rebate System."

Lunch will be served.

Cost: Free

April 12, 2013

The Ronald Coase Institute & The Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State (PDF)

Roundtable Discussion:

The Role that Scholarly Ideas Have Played in Influencing Policy

December 6, 2012

The Energy Policy Series: Session Four

Erin Mansur, Datmouth College

Vertical Commitments and the Price Effects of Mergers: Evidence from Electricity Markets

Harper Center, Room C02

Noon - 1:15 p.m.

November 8, 2012

The Energy Policy Series: Session Three

Cynthia Wu, Chicago Booth

Risk Premia on Crude Oil Futures Prices

Harper Center, Room C02

Noon - 1:15 p.m.

October 29, 2012

The Eighth B. Peter Pashigian Memorial Lecture

Harper Center, Room 104

3:30 p.m.

Featuring Professors Jesse Shapiro and Matt Gentzkow

The Media and the State: Historical Evidence from U.S. Newspapers

Introductory Remarks: Robert Topel