Mabie Debate

Williams will be presenting its 1998 Mabie Debate between economists Dr. Robert Repetto and Professor Richard Schmalensee March 12 at 8 p.m. in Chapin Hall.

The purpose of creating the Mabie Debates was to sponsor informational debates on issues concerning economic policy at Williams College. The Mabie Debates are annual events sponsored by the James W. Mabie ’57 Fund for Economic Policy and were first held in 1993. This week’s debate is entitled, “Global warming: Can we afford to act now? Can we afford not to?”

Dr. Repetto is vice president and senior economist at the World Resources Institute (WRI) and is the author of various publications on the environment and economics. Two of his recent reports on global warming are The Costs of Climate Protection: A Guide for the Perplexed and U.S. Competitiveness Is Not At Risk in the Climate Negotiations. Before joining WRI in 1983, Repetto was an Associate Professor of Economics in the School of Public Health at Harvard University, which is where he received both his B.A. and Ph.D., before going on to gain a Master of Science degree at the London School of Economics. He has also worked as a staff economist for the World Bank Resident Mission in Indonesia, the Ford Foundation in New Dehli, India, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and as an economic advisor to the planning and development board for the government of East Pakistan.

Professor Schmalensee is the Gordon Y. Billard Professor of Economics and Management at MIT, Deputy Dean of the MIT Sloan School of Management, and Director of MIT’s Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research. He is also a special consultant to National Economic Research Associates. Previous to joining the faculty at MIT, Schmalensee served as a member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisors, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Economics Advisory Board, and as chairman of its Advisory Council on Clean Air Act Compliance Analysis. Schmalensee’s research has focused on industrial organization economics and its application to managerial and public policy issues. He has published over 70 articles in professional journals and is the author of three books and the co-author of three others. He received his S.B. and Ph.D. from MIT.

Ralph Bradburd, David A. Wells Professor of Political Economy at Williams, will introduce the two economists, and the debate’s mediator will be William K. Jaeger, Assistant Professor of Economics at Williams.

Jaeger’s research interests include environmental policy and taxation, climate change, and the integration of economic and ecological models of systems. He received his B.A. from Washington State University and his Ph.D. from Stanford.

The debate will be free and open to both Williams College students and the surrounding community.