The International Business Center (IBC) builds the global business competencies of Lubar students by supporting the Lubar School’s international business curriculum, building faculty teaching and research expertise in international business, offering students global-oriented experiential learning opportunities, and presenting outstanding business community outreach programs on global business competitiveness.

Established in 1985 through funding by the Wisconsin State Legislature, the IBC has received grants from the U.S. Department of Education and financial support from numerous private donors and corporations.

Bradley Distinguished Lecture Series

The Bradley Distinguished Lecture Series provides our community the opportunity to hear internationally respected scholars, policy experts, and thought leaders who provide important insights into economic policies and actions that reinforce people’s faith in American democratic capitalism and free enterprise, and foster America’s global economic competitiveness, entrepreneurialism and innovation.  Each year, several hundred business leaders, executives, academic leaders, and policy-makers attend the series.

The Series is co-sponsored by the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation and the Lubar School of Business.

The Anatomy of Government Failure: Making Government Effective and Affordable
Tuesday, December 7, 2021
1:00pm – 2:15pm

Featuring: Michael J. Boskin

Dr. Michael J. Boskin will analyze and highlight the many ways governments are failing to deliver services citizens need and want at a price society can afford.  He will suggest process and policy reforms to better target the scale and scope of government, strengthen federalism and reduce the near- and long-term cost of funding government, to preserve the economic incentives so crucial to prosperity in a free society.

Dr. Boskin is the Tully M. Friedman Professor of Economics and Wohlford Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He also serves as a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. In addition, Dr. Boskin has taught at Harvard and Yale. As Chairman of President George H.W. Bush’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) from 1989 to 1993, Dr. Boskin helped originate NAFTA, introduced emissions trading for sulphur dioxide into the Clean Air Act, helped resolve the Third World debt and savings and loan financial crises, and placed the first effective controls on government spending. He co-led the American government’s assistance programs to the economies transitioning from socialism to capitalism after the fall of the Berlin Wall. His CEA was listed by the Committee for Excellence in Government as one of the five most respected agencies in the federal government. Earlier, on Candidate Ronald Reagan’s Tax Policy Task Force, he helped develop the policies that lowered marginal tax rates, indexed tax brackets for inflation, accelerated depreciation, and created IRAs and 401ks, the rationale for which was partly based on his research on the effects of taxes on saving. 

Dr. Boskin chaired the highly influential blue-ribbon Commission on the Consumer Price Index, whose report transformed the way government statistical agencies around the world measure inflation, GDP and productivity. He is the author of more than 175 books and articles on economic growth, tax and budget theory and policy, U.S. saving and consumption patterns, and the implications of changing technology and demography on capital, labor, and product markets. Dr. Boskin advises top policy makers globally and serves on several corporate and philanthropic boards of directors. His op-eds appear in the Wall Street Journal and other leading newspapers, and his bi-monthly column on global economics is syndicated in 145 countries. He is the recipient of numerous professional awards and citations, including Stanford’s Distinguished Teaching Award and the Adam Smith Prize for Outstanding Contributions to Economics.

Past events have included:

U.S. Fiscal Policy and Government Debt: Looking Beyond the Pandemic
James Poterba, Mitsui Professor of Economics at MIT, and President & CEO of the National Bureau of Economic Research
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Disruption’s Wake: The Wall and The Bridge
Glenn Hubbard, Dean Emeritus and Russell L. Carson Professor of Finance and Economics at Columbia Business School
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U.S. Economic Outlook: Is Another Recession Looming?
Randall S. Kroszner, Norman R. Bobins Professor of Economics and Deputy Dean for Executive Programs at the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago

The Administrative Threat to Civil Liberties
Philip Hamburger, J.D. Maurice and Hilda Friedman Professor of Law at Columbia Law School

Is Tax Reform the Impossible Dream?
James M. Poterba, Mitsui Professor of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology,and President of the National Bureau of Economic Research

Inequality, Human Capital and Growth: Implications for U.S. Economic Policy
Kevin M. Murphy, George J. Stigler Distinguished Service Professor of Economics, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

The Dodd-Frank Act and the Unending Growth of the Administrative State
Peter J. Wallison, Arthur F. Burns Chair in Financial Market Studies and
Co-director of American Enterprise Institute’s (“AEI”) program on financial market deregulation.

“What Will Determine Our Economic Future?
Michael J. Boskin, Tully M. Friedman Professor of Economics & Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University

Whatever you’re studying – whether it be accounting, finance, marketing, supply chain, or something else – having an understanding of economic, political, and cultural differences will give you new perspectives that you’ll bring with you to make you a more “globally savvy” employee.
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While you’re a Lubar student, you can expand your cultural perspectives, develop your knowledge of international business, and develop friendships around the globe through an international study experience.
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