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.

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Certificate in International Business

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For the Community

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.

Online – Disruption’s Wake: The Wall and The Bridge

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Recent decades have continued to witness gains for the American economy from openness to trade, new ideas, and technological advance. As they have since the Industrial Revolution, these gains reflect the upside of disruption and change. Contemporary politics and economic policymaking have generally addressed disruption either with a call for laissez-faire acceptance of its upside or calls to erect walls against change because of its downside consequences. Gone missing in this inquiry by both economists and policymakers is a focus on adaptation to structural change — that is, building bridges for more individuals to the potential gains from disruption as opposed to walls to guard against change and openness to it. That this change in emphasis is needed is obvious from the surprising rise of recent populism in the United States and other industrial economies.  But the underlying issue is deeper — the need for a new journey toward economic refocus on structural change to safeguard the potential for the economy — for us — to retain its benefits. Dr. Hubbard will share his analysis insights on this important topic Read more and to register…

Past events have included:

“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