Ezekiel J. Emanuel

Ezekiel J. Emanuel is Vice Provost for Global Initiatives and chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. From January 2009 to January 2011, he served as special advisor for health policy to the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget. Since 1997 he was chair of the Department of Bioethics at The Clinical Center of the National Institutes of Health and a breast oncologist. Dr. Emanuel received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School and his Ph.D. in political philosophy from Harvard University. After completing his internship and residency in internal medicine at Boston's Beth Israel Hospital and his oncology fellowship at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, he joined the faculty at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He has since been a visiting professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, UCLA, the Brin Professor at Johns Hopkins Medical School, and the Kovitz Professor at Stanford Medical School and visiting professor at New York University Law School. Dr. Emanuel has written and edited 9 books and over 200 scientific articles. He is currently a columnist for the New York Times.

Joao F. Gomes

Professor Gomes’ expertise is in the areas of macroeconomics and financial markets where he has taught several courses to undergraduate, MBA and doctoral students both at Wharton and around the world. He received his PhD and MA from the University of Rochester and BA from New University of Lisbon, Portugal. His recent research covers the determinants of the corporate investment and financing decisions of firms and the links to movements in financial markets, and to monetary and fiscal policies. He has won several awards including the Smith Breeden Prize for Best Asset Pricing Paper published in the Journal of Finance, with a study on the links between leverage and returns, and was nominated for the Brattle Prize for Best Corporate Finance Paper in the same journal, with earlier work on the performance of conglomerates. Professor Gomes's previous appointments include a professorship at the London Business School. In addition, he has visited several other universities and research centers, including the University of British Columbia in Canada, the New University of Lisbon in Portugal, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Early in his career he has also served as an ad-hoc economic advisor to the Ministry of Industry of Portugal.

Robert P. Inman

Robert P. Inman is the Richard King Mellon Professor of Finance and Economics at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his PhD, MEd and AB from Harvard University. In addition to his appointment as a Professor at the Wharton School, he currently serves as a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, MA. He is an Associate Editor of the professional journal Regional Science and Urban Economics. He is the editor of three books, The Economics of Public Services (Macmillan Publishing), Managing the Service Economy (Cambridge University Press), and Making Cities Work: Prospects and Policies for Urban America (Princeton University Press). His research focuses on the design and impact of fiscal policies with an emphasis on fiscal federalism.

Robert Jensen

Robert Jensen is a Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy at Wharton. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University and his B.A. from Williams College. He is Co-Editor of the Journal of Development Economics and an Associate Editor of the Quarterly Journal of Economics. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), a fellow of the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD) and an affiliate of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL). He has also served as an adviser to the International Labor Organization and the World Bank on a variety of topics including strategies to eradicate child labor and the design of social welfare programs. His research has been published in leading academic journals including the American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics and Review of Economics and Statistics, and has been profiled in media outlets including The Economist, Foreign Policy, the New York Times, Science and the Wall Street Journal.

Olivia S. Mitchell

Olivia S. Mitchell is the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans Professor and Professor of Insurance/Risk Management and Business Economics/Policy; Executive Director of the Pension Research Council; and Director of the Boettner Center on Pensions and Retirement Research; at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Concurrently Dr. Mitchell serves as NBER Research Associate; Independent Director on the Wells Fargo Advantage Fund Trusts Board; Co-Investigator for the Health and Retirement Study at the University of Michigan; Member of the Executive Board for the Michigan Retirement Research Center; and Senior Scholar of the Centre for Silver Security at the Sim Ki Boon Institute of Singapore Management University. She has published over 200 books and articles, and she works regularly in Latin America, Europe, and Australasia, as well as the US. She received the MA and PhD degrees in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the BA in Economics from Harvard University.