61st Annual Carl Snyder Memorial Lecture

The Economics Department is excited to host Dr. Nick Bloom as our featured speaker for this year's Carl Snyder Memorial Lecture on November 16, 2022.

September 21, 2022

The Carl Snyder Memorial Lecture is named for noted economic authority and author Carl Snyder, who died in 1946. Established in 1960 with a bequest from the estate of Snyder’s wife, Madeleine Raisch, the memorial is used to bring to the campus an outstanding lecturer in the field of economics. To honor Carl Snyder, a group of alumni, faculty and friends of the Department of Economics collaborated to identify this year’s distinguished speaker, Professor Nicholas Bloom.

Nick Bloom is a Professor of Economics at Stanford University. He has been researching working from home for almost 20 years, winning a Guggenheim Fellowship for this in 2022. He has been heavily involved with policy, including meeting President Obama, and speaking in the White House 2014 Working Families Summit. Has consulted with 100s of CEOs and managers, and has been covered extensively on working from home by international media including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, BBC, Financial Times and the Economist. He was called the “Prophet of remote work” by Fortune Magazine and “America’s best work-from-home expert” by Business Insider.

This year's lecture ,"How Working from Home Will Work Out", is on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at 3:00pm in the Loma Pelona Center on the UCSB Campus.  Please RSVP for the event by following this link.  If you have any questions about the event, please contact Ali Brieske.

Professor Bloom will discuss the past, present and future of working from home in the US. He will argue working from home is here to stay and will radically change the structure of labor markets, firms and cities. Working from home has increased productivity in most organizations, improved time employees can spend with their families and increased time flexibility. But it has also generated a donut effect, pushing up property prices and rents for areas like Santa Barbara within driving range of major cities. He argues working from home will continue to grow as the technology evolves, finishing with predictions for its impact on offices, cities and the future of work.