A look back at some of the popular webinars and events the Stigler Center hosted in 2023.

February 9: China’s New Covid Strategy

On February 9, 2023, the Stigler Center hosted a conversation with Chang-Tai Hsieh (Chicago Booth) and Joan Kaufman (Schwarzman Scholars/Harvard Medical School), moderated by Nian Liu (Financial Times).

China has experienced several socio-economic developments recently, including a consolidation of political power, increasing regulatory activity in various sectors, and a renewed government emphasis on “common prosperity”. These changes suggest a shift in China’s political economy, and perhaps a new era in the country’s development – with unclear domestic and global consequences. Stigler Center has been hosting a series of conversations on the current situation and future prospects for China at home and abroad.

March 6: Business Ethics: What Everyone Needs to Know

A conversation with J.S. Nelson (Harvard/Villanova Law Schools) on her new book, Business Ethics: What Everyone Needs to Know (with the late Lynn A. Stout), moderated by Chicago Booth’s John Paul Rollert.

In today’s turbulent business climate, business ethics are more important than ever. Surveys of employees show that misconduct is on the rise. Cover stories reporting indictments, prosecutions, and penalties imposed for unethical business conduct appear almost daily. Legislatures pass requirements elevating the levels of punishment and their enforcement against corporations and individuals. Organizations face pressure to design and implement effective ethics and compliance programs. As a result, businesses and businesspeople are increasingly worried that their conduct might cross lines that put their wealth and reputations at risk. Business Ethics: What Everyone Needs to Know explains what those lines are, how not to cross them, and what to do when they are crossed.

April 5: Ukraine: Fighting Corruption During a War and Beyond

The decades-old issue of corruption in Ukraine was overshadowed by Russia’s invasion last year. However, it regained prominence earlier this year when President Zelensky (who had campaigned against graft) removed several senior officials, including the administration’s deputy head. More recently, the government appointed a new anti-corruption head, after almost a year without one. How important is fighting corruption to the war effort and beyond, what are the challenges and opportunities – and what role does the media play? Join the Stigler Center for a conversation on these topics and more with Roger Myerson (University of Chicago), Tymofiy Mylovanov (Kyiv School of Economics) and Olga Rudenko (Kyiv Independent), moderated by Stephen Carroll (Bloomberg).

May 16, June 14, June 21: Unpacking ESG Series, co-hosted with the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation and in partnership with the Financial Times.

Eighteen states in the US have proposed or passed legislation restricting the state from doing business with companies that practice ESG, arguing that corporations are using these tools to drive their own political agendas.

Some politicians have argued that corporate ESG is part of what they see as ‘woke’ capitalism – a broad umbrella referring to public corporate support for issues as varied as abortion access, addressing racial inequality, LGBTQ+ rights, and more.

In the third event in the Unpacking ESG Series, academic and industry thought leaders unpack whether corporations are putting politics in the way of their shareholder and stakeholders best interests or looking out for their long term best interests.

October 13: The Chicago School of Finance at 125, cohosted with the Clark Center for Global Markets

In celebration of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business’s 125 anniversary, the Clark Center for Global Markets and the Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State hosted an invitation-only conference that explored the past, present, and future of finance at Chicago Booth.

Opening Remarks by Dean Madhav Rajan.