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Knowledge@Wharton: August 9, 2018

Host Dan Loney is joined by Senthil Veeraraghavan (Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions, the Wharton School), Daniel Taylor (Associate Professor of Accounting, the Wharton School), Marc Effron (Founder, President, The Talent Strategy Group), James Parrott (Director, Economic and Fiscal Policies, Center for New York City Affairs), Dorothy Kronick (Assistant Professor, Political Science, University of Pennsylvania), Michael Horowitz (Associate Professor of Political Science; Associate Director of Perry World House, University of Pennsylvania), David Zaring (Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, Wharton), Marc Meredith (Associate Professor, Political Science; Associate Processor, the Business Economics and Public Policy Department, University of Pennsylvania; The Wharton School), and Claire Finkelstein (Director, Penn’s Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law) on the Thursday, August 9, 2018 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.

Air Date: Thursday, August 9, 2018 on SiriusXM 132

Hosted By

Michael Horowitz, Dorothy Kronick, and Claire Finkelstein

Air Time: 10:00 am
Featuring: Dorothy Kronick, Michael Horowitz, Claire Finkelstein

Marc Effron

Air Time: 10:30 am
Featuring: Marc Effron

David Zaring, Marc Meredith, and Daniel Taylor

Air Time: 11:00 am
Featuring: Daniel Taylor, David Zaring, Marc Meredith

Senthill Veeraraghavan and James Parrott

Air Time: 11:30 am
Featuring: Senthil Veeraraghavan, James Parrott

Featured Guests

Senthil Veeraraghavan

Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions, the Wharton School


Senthil Veeraraghavan researches on the role of Information and Uncertainty in Operations Management, using Theory and Data Analysis. His current research is on designing dynamic pricing based on customer reactions.

His research has appeared in Management Science, Operations Research, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management and Production and Operations Management journals.  His research on Quality Speed Tradeoffs in services won the first ever award for Best paper in Operations published in Management Science.

Recently, Senthil Veeraraghavan advised a undergraduate thesis on a project that received Class of 2018 Penn President’s Engagement Prize,  awarded to senior projects designed to make a substantial, sustainable impact in the world.

Currently, Senthil teaches Operations Strategy, for which he has received severalWharton Excellence in Teaching Awards.

Senthil graduated from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and received his PhD from Carnegie Mellon University.
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Daniel Taylor

Associate Professor of Accounting, the Wharton School


Professor Daniel Taylor’s research focuses on firm’s financial disclosures, opportunistic/fraudulent reporting, and insider trading. His research appears in leading academic journals in accounting, finance, and management; has been featured in the popular media, including such outlets as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and the Economist; has been cited in final rulings by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; and has attracted attention from multiple enforcement agencies, including the FBI and DoJ.

Beginning in Spring 2019, Professor Taylor will offer a new undergraduate course—Predictive Analytics with Financial Disclosure—that will explore how advances in Big Data can be used to detect predict insider trades and earnings management. In addition to his undergraduate teaching, he also mentors doctoral students, and teaches a doctoral seminar on Empirical Design in Accounting Research.

Professor Taylor currently serves as Editor of The Accounting Review, Associate Editor at Management Science, and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Accounting and EconomicsJournal of Accounting Research, and Journal of Financial Reporting. He regularly attends and presents at professional meetings and was previously awarded a Deloitte Foundation Fellowship. He received a PhD in Business from Stanford University, a MA in Economics from Duke University, and a BS in Economics from the University of Delaware.
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Marc Effron

Founder, President, The Talent Strategy Group


Marc helps the world’s largest and most successful companies improve the quality and depth of their talent. As the founder and President of the Talent Strategy Group, he leads the firm’s global consulting, education, executive search and publishing businesses.

Marc co-authored the Harvard Business Review Publishing best-selling book One Page Talent Management, often called the “talent management bible.” Companies worldwide apply its discipline of science-based simplicity, accountability and transparency. His new book 8 Steps to High Performance was released in August 2018 by Harvard and is quickly reaching best-seller status globally.

Marc is a sought-after speaker on talent management and leadership topics by both corporations and conferences. He is widely quoted on talent issues in the business media and has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Influencers in HR. He has been published in or heard on Fast Company, Financial Times, BBC, Bloomberg Radio, Inc., Harvard Business Review, New York Post, Knowledge@Wharton radio and some of the world’s most popular podcasts.

Marc publishes Talent Quarterly magazine which he founded in 2013 to help executives make smarter decisions about how to manage talent.

Prior to forming The Talent Strategy Group, Marc served as VP, Talent Management for Avon Products and led Global Leadership Consulting Practice for Aon Hewitt. He was also SVP, Leadership Development for Bank of America and a Congressional Staff

Marc earned a M.B.A. from the Yale University School of Management and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Washington.
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James Parrott

Director, Economic and Fiscal Policies, Center for New York City Affairs


 James Parrott is the Director of Economic and Fiscal Policies at The Center for New York City Affairs at The New School. The Center is an applied policy research institute that drives innovation in social policy, focusing on how public policy impacts low-income communities, and striving for a more just and equitable city. In previous positions, Parrott worked for the Fiscal Policy Institute, the Office of the State Deputy Comptroller for New York City, the City of New York (as chief economist for economic development), and for the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union. 

Parrott regularly analyzes New York City’s economy and job market and has written extensively on topics including income inequality and the New York City and State budgets and tax policies. His research helped bring over $20 million in federal funds to New York following 9/11 to aid dislocated workers, and he coordinated the economic research in support of New York State’s $15 minimum wage policies adopted in 2015 and 2016. He has been one of the leaders in the citywide campaign to raise wages for nonprofit workers providing services under government contract. 

Parrott is a frequent media commentator on economic and fiscal policies. His opinion pieces have appeared in various New York City media outlets and he has written for The American Prospect. Parrott has served in various city and state advisory positions, including on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Tax Reform and Fairness Commission, and the current New York City Advisory Commission on Property Tax Reform. 

He received his B.A. in American Studies from Illinois Wesleyan University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He teaches public policy at the Roosevelt House, Hunter College.


Twitter- @JParrott10007
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Dorothy Kronick

Assistant Professor, Political Science, University of Pennsylvania


Assistant Professor, Political Science, University of Pennsylvania. Comparative political economy, comparative political behavior, electoral politics of crime, Latin American politics, Venezuelan politics, quantitative methods.


Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania, 2016


PhD, Political Science, Stanford University — 2016

MA, Economics, Stanford University — 2013

BA, Latin American Studies (Economics & History), Northwestern University

Personal Site – http://dorothykronick.com/
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Michael Horowitz

Associate Professor of Political Science; Associate Director of Perry World House, University of Pennsylvania


Michael C. Horowitz is an associate professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania and the associate director of Penn’s Perry World House. He is the author of the new book, Why Leaders Fight, and previously authored the award-winning book, The Diffusion of Military Power: Causes and Consequences for International Politics. His research interests include military innovation, the role of leaders in international politics, forecasting, and the relationship between religion and international politics. He has published in a wide array of peer reviewed journals, as well as more popular outlets such as the New York Times and Politico.

Professor Horowitz previously worked for the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy in the Department of Defense as an International Affairs Fellow. He is affiliated with the Foreign Policy Research Institute, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the Center for a New American Security. He is also a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He has held fellowships at the Weatherhead Center, Olin Institute, and Belfer Center at Harvard, where he received his PhD in Government. Professor Horowitz received his BA in political science from Emory University.

Twitter – @mchorowitz

Book – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004EYT950/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

Co-Authored Book – https://www.amazon.com/Why-Leaders-Fight-Michael-Horowitz-ebook/dp/B015WJ135E/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1478701898&sr=1-1&keywords=Why+Leaders+Fight
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David Zaring

Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, Wharton


Academic Positions Held

Wharton: 2008-present. Previous appointment: Washington & Lee School of Law

Other Prior Positions

Attorney, United States Department of Justice


JD, Harvard University (Law School)

BA, Swarthmore College
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Marc Meredith

Associate Professor, Political Science; Associate Processor, the Business Economics and Public Policy Department, University of Pennsylvania; The Wharton School


Marc Meredith is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, where he has been a professor since 2009. He holds a BA in Economics and Mathematical Methods in the Social Science from Northwestern University, a MA in Economics from Northwestern University, a MA in Political Science from Stanford University, and a PhD in Political Economics from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Prior to coming to the University of Pennsylvania, Marc was a visiting lecturer of political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also holds a secondary appointment in the Business Economics and Public Policy Department in the Wharton School.

Marc’s research examines the political economy of American elections, with a particular focus on the application of causal inference methods. His substantive research interests include election administration, election law, political campaigns, and voter decision-making. Marc’s research appears in the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, the Quarterly Journal of Political Science, and the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science, among other outlets. He teaches classes on American government, policy making, business and government, and statistical methods. His work can be found at http://www.sas.upenn.edu/~marcmere/.

Twitter – @mieuque | @PoliticsAtPenn
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Claire Finkelstein

Director, Penn’s Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law


Claire Finkelstein writes at the intersection of moral and political philosophy and the law. She has published extensively in the areas of criminal law theory, moral and political philosophy as applied to legal questions, jurisprudence, and rational choice theory, and has recently begun writing on the law and ethics of war. One of her distinctive contributions is bringing philosophical rational choice theory to bear on legal theory. She has focused in recent years on the implications of Hobbes’ political theory for substantive legal questions. She is currently finishing a book entitled Contractarian Legal Theory and is the editor (with Jens Ohlin and Andrew Altman) of a volume entitled Targeted Killings: Law & Mortality in an Asymmetrical World (Oxford University Press, 2012), and of Hobbes on Law (Ashgate, 2005). She has been a Co-Director of Penn’s Institute for Law and Philosophy, and this year will be continuing the work of the Institute under the heading Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law.
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