The Murphy Institute organizes and sponsors a variety of events during the course of a typical academic year. We record our events so community members near and far can view the lectures.
Yates Lecture: Children and the US Social Safety Net
October 27, 2022
In this lecture, Professor Hilary Hoynes discusses the emerging research that examines how the social safety net affects children’s life trajectories. The evidence shows that programs targeted toward child poverty not only have long-run benefits for families, but also constitute a great public investment.
Yates Lecture: Mihir A. Desai
October 25, 2018
The Fall 2018 Mary C. Parker Yates Lecture featured Mihir A. Desai, the Mizuho Financial Group Professor of Finance at Harvard Business School and a Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. He is the author of The Wisdom of Finance, which explores the intersection between finance and the humanities, a frequent contributor to popular media such as the New York Times, Financial Times, and NPR, and is considered a leading expert on corporate tax reform.
ATPI 2017: Tax Incentives for State, Local, and International Economic Development
November 17, 2017
US states and localities spend $45 billion annually on tax incentives and other programs intended to spur economic development. Countries around the world similarly offer tax holidays, investment credits, and other preferential tax treatments in a bid to promote investment and create jobs. Do these policies work? At what cost? Are there better and worse ways to spur local economic growth and productivity gains? What might international practitioners learn from their state and local counterparts and vice versa? This one-day conference co-sponsored by the American Tax Policy Institute and the Murphy Institute at Tulane University explored these questions from a variety of perspectives in international and state and local taxation as well as regional and economic growth.
Watch Executive Director Steve Sheffrin moderate the panel, State and Local Tax Incentives in the United States: Overview and Assessment, which features Tulane Assistant Professor of Economics Patrick Button, along with Timothy Bartik of the W.E. Upjohn Institute and Carlianne Patrick of Georgia State University.
Yates Lecture: Anil Kashyap's Macroprudential Regulation: Will it Prevent Financial Crises?
October 18, 2017
Slides from the Murphy Institute's 2017 Yates Lecture: Anil Kashyap's "Macroprudential Regulation: Will it Prevent Financial Crises?"
Watson Fest: An Interview with Gary Watson by Sarah Buss
February 9, 2017
Sarah Buss, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Michigan, interviewed Gary Watson, Provost Professor of Law and Philosophy at the University of Southern California, on November 3, 2016. The interview served as the inaugural event of "Watson Fest" a conference dedicated to works of Gary Watson. The conference, organized by David Shomaker, Justin Coates, and Neal Tognazinni, took place in New Orleans from November 3 to 5, 2016, and was sponsored by Murphy Institute's Center for Ethics and Public Affairs at Tulane University.
Kevin Vallier: Social Trust and Public Reason
February 3, 2017
This lecture was hosted by the Murphy Institute's Center for Ethics and Public Affairs at Tulane University on February 3, 2017.
Owen Flanagan: Never in Anger: Cross-Cultural Philosophical Variations
January 27, 2017
Professor Flanagan is the James B. Duke Professor of Philosophy at Duke University where he also holds appointments in Psychology and Neurobiology. He is the author of ten books, including Consciousness Reconsidered (MIT Press, 1992), Self Expressions: Mind, Morals and the Meaning of Life (Oxford University Press, 1996), and, most recently, The Geography of Morals: Varieties of Moral Possibility (Oxford University Press).
Yates Lecture: Giovanni Peri on Economic Opportunities from Immigration
November 13, 2016
Professor Peri presented the Fall 2016 Yates Lecture at Tulane University on November 14, 2016.
Yates Lecture: Joel Slemrod on Weird Taxes of the Past and Their Lessons for Tax Policy
November 9, 2015
Joel Slemrod speaks on weird taxes of the past and their lessons for tax policy today.
Jacob T. Levy: Rationalism, Pluralism, and Freedom
October 15, 2015
Jacob T. Levy presented this lecture on at Tulane University on October 15, 2015.
Yates Lecture: Lawrence Katz on Understanding Long-Run Changes in US Wage Inequality
March 5, 2015
Lawrence Katz gave the Murphy Institute's Spring 2015 Yates Lecture at Tulane University on March 5, 2015.
Why the Federal Debt Still Matters: A Panel About Our Fiscal Future
May 30, 2014
The Murphy Institute at Tulane University and the Campaign to Fix the Debt co-sponsored a conference on the federal debt. The panel focused on the instability in our budget and economic future created by our long-run debt problem, and what realistic strategies are available to enable our political system to be able to handle this challenge.
Stephen Stich: The Evolution Of Morality?
April 4, 2014
This lecture was hosted by the Murphy Institute at Tulane University on Friday, April 4, 2014.
Walter Sinnott-Armstrong: Does Neuroscience Undermine Responsibility?
February 14, 2014
This lecture was hosted by the Murphy Institute's Center for Ethics and Public Affairs at Tulane University on February 14, 2014.
Douglas Husak: The Persistence of Drug Prohibition
January 31, 2014
This lecture was hosted by the Murphy Institute's Center for Ethics and Public Affairs at Tulane University on January 31, 2014.
Ryan Goodman: Socializing States: Promoting Human Rights through International Law
November 15, 2013
This lecture was hosted by the Murphy Institute's Center for Ethics and Public Affairs at Tulane University on November 15, 2013.
Yates Lecture: Arthur Brooks on The Secret of Happiness
October 3, 2013
This lecture was hosted by the Murphy Institute at Tulane University October 3, 2013.
Yates Lecture: George Loewenstein: This is Your Brain on Emotion
March 12, 2013
This Yates lecture was hosted by the Murphy Institute at Tulane University on Tuesday, March 12, 2013.