Tune in to a livestream of a panel discussion with experts from the Haas School of Business and the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Watch the live broadcast here or on Facebook.


Looking Forward: How can we safely reopen the economy?

Friday, May 1, 12:30-1:30pm


This event is part of the Berkeley Conversations COVID-19 series and is sponsored by the Haas School of Business.


Pressure is mounting to reopen the economy, and some locales are rushing to do so. Deciding how and when it’s safe for people to return to work, school, and public life is a complex topic that involves implementing widespread testing; accurate assessment of exposure risks; ensuring health care system capacity; putting in place procedures and routines to protect workers; setting guidelines for mass behavior changes; and restoring public trust. How can we go about making these decisions and getting plans in place? A panel of experts from the Haas School of Business and the School of Public Health will engage in an interactive discussion on what needs to happen to reopen businesses and get people back to work while protecting public health and preventing a second wave of coronavirus infections.



  • David I. Levine is a Professor and Chair of the Economic Analysis & Policy Group at the Haas School of Business. He previously served as a senior economist with the President’s Council on Economic Advisors and a senior research economist with the U.S. Department of Labor. His research focuses on the effects of investments in health and education and on obstacles to good management. He is currently focused on what businesses need to do to keep workers safe and also to restore public and customer trust.
  • Maya L. Petersen, MD/PhD, is co-Chair of the Graduate Group in Biostatistics and Associate Professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Her research focuses on the development and application of novel causal inference methods to problems in health, with an emphasis on longitudinal data and adaptive treatment strategies, machine learning methods, and study design and analytic strategies for cluster randomized trials. She is currently working on several mathematical modeling and primary data collection projects to inform both our understanding of the pandemic and strategies for returning to public life.
  • Jonathan Kolstad is an Associate Professor in the Economic Analysis and Policy Group at the Haas School of Business, the Economics Department and the Graduate Program in Health Management. His work lies at the intersection of health economics, industrial organization, and public economics, and he is particularly focused on finding new models and unique data to understand the complexity of markets in health care. His current work focuses on the role of AI in improving health insurance markets, the use of large scale administrative claims data to understand health care delivery and health insurance and physician incentives and treatment decisions.
  • Jennifer A. Chatman is a Professor in the Management of Organizations Group, the Associate Dean of Learning Strategies, and Co-Director of the Berkeley Haas Culture Initiative at the Haas School of Business. Her research focuses on how organizations leverage culture to adapt and grow, how leaders’ personalities shape culture, and how diverse teams can excel in high-pressure situations.
  • Moderator: Dan Mogulof, UC Berkeley Assistant Vice Chancellor, Public Affairs


Livestream link: https://news.berkeley.edu/2020/04/24/looking-forward-how-can-we-safely-reopen-the-economy/


Laura Counts | Berkeley Haas Media Relations

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