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May 21, 2007

Innovation policy for the next U.S. president to be subject of all-day forum

The Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) will hold an all-day forum Friday, June 1, to discuss innovation policy for the next U.S. president.

The institute holds a biannual policy forum, launched in 2006, that seeks to expose students to in-depth analysis of leading economic issues. It also allows the institute to foster connections with experts and policy specialists across campus, and to provide a venue for faculty and students conducting independent research to exchange ideas.

The event will take place in the Vidalakis Room of the Schwab Center at 650 Serra St. It is free and open to the campus community, but participants should register in advance by contacting Ellen Moore at (650) 724-9278 or Stanford IDs must be presented at the door.


8:30-9 a.m. Breakfast

9-9:15 a.m. Welcome by Ward Hanson, forum director, and John Shoven, SIEPR director

9:15-10:30 a.m. The Power of an Idea

  • The Power of a Demo: The Plug-in Hybrid. Felix Kramer, founder, California Cars Initiative (
  • Markets, not Winners. Bruce Owen, professor in public policy and SIEPR senior fellow
  • Social Entrepreneurship. Jessica Flannery, co-founder, KIVA, San Francisco-based online microfinance lending company. Flannery will earn a Stanford MBA this year.
  • What Makes an Idea Stick? Chip Heath, professor of organizational behavior, Graduate School of Business
  • 10:30-10:50 a.m. Break and poster session

    10:50 a.m.-noon Innovation and the Economy

  • Competition and the Development of Innovative Markets. Bill Barnett, professor at the Graduate School of Business
  • The Role of the Government in Innovation. Paul Romer, professor at the Graduate School of Business, senior fellow at SIEPR and the Hoover Institution
  • Noon-12:45 p.m. Lunch

    12:45-2:30 p.m. Presidential Politics and Innovation

  • McCain Campaign. Douglas Holtz-Eakin, director of economic policy
  • Obama Senate Staff. Karen Kornbluh, policy director
  • Romney Campaign. Brian J. Leske, homeland security and legal policy director
  • Clinton Campaign. Larry Benn
  • 2:30-2:50 p.m. Break and poster session

    2:50-4:15 p.m. Policy Challenges for Innovation

  • When Your Television Goes Black. Greg Rosston, SIEPR deputy director
  • Competition Policy. Tim Bresnahan, professor of economics and SIEPR senior fellow
  • Federal Funding of Science. Roger Kornberg, professor of medicine
  • 4:15-5 p.m. Research, Science and Universities

  • Stanford President John Hennessy
  • Public/Private Investing in the Life Sciences. Woody Powell, professor of education
  • 5-6 p.m. Keynote: "Creating the Future," Meg Whitman, president and CEO, eBay Inc.

    6 p.m. Reception

    Editor Note:

    Journalists must register in advance by contacting Ellen Moore at (650) 724-9278 or



    Lisa Trei, News Service: (650) 725-0224,


    Michelle Mosman, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research: (650) 725-1872,

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