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PER Live Series: “Economics in Tech and the Energy Transition”

Wednesday, January 27, 2021, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The PER Live Series is a recurring set of discussions involving finance and business thought leaders. Topics address the important economic issues of our time.

This event was livestreamed via the Economics Department’s YouTube channel.   A direct link to our event video can be found here. Closed captions and a transcript are also available.

Learn more about other PER Live Series Events.

Venue and Time:

This event will take place via Zoom meeting on Wednesday, January 27th from 1:00PM to 2:00PM (EST). A Zoom invitation will be sent to registered attendees the morning of the event. Registration details below.

This event is open to the public, but designed for Job Market Candidates and other Columbia University graduate students in Economics.


Chantal Naidoo, Ph.D.
Associate Faculty, University of Sussex; Program Director, European Climate Foundation
“Financing Energy Transitions – Theory and Examples from South Africa”
Dr. Chantal Naidoo is the program director of an energy transitions program in South Africa, that is funded by the European Climate Foundation. She has worked in national development banks, investment banks and multilateral climate funds in South Africa and abroad. She holds a Ph.D. from the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex. Her research relates to the role of financial systems in sustainability transition processes, national development banks, financing strategies for climate action and rethinking finance theories for sustainability. Her publications include policy and academic articles.
Follow on Twitter: @naidoo_chantal


Megan Thomas, Ph.D.
Senior Economist, Featured Merchant Algorithm, Amazon
“Application of Economics in Tech”
Dr. Megan D. Thomas completed her PhD in Development Economics from the University of Texas at Austin. She joined Amazon as a junior economist on the Marketing Team. Since then she has expanded her experience to applying economics to business problems in the Alexa product space, Finance and recently in Optimization. She is now a senior economist on a team that optimizes to show customers the best offer for a product.



Sophia N. Johnson, Ph.D.
Program for Economic Research (PER), Columbia University





**Registration for this event is now closed. Watch via our livestream – details below. 

This webinar will be held via Zoom. A virtual invitation will be sent to all registered attendees the morning of the event. Reach out to with any questions.

Livestream and Accessibility:

This event was livestreamed via the Economics Department’s YouTube channel. Closed captions are provided in the video. You may also read a transcript of the conversation.

Recommended Reading:
Our panelists have suggested the below articles for review prior to our discussion.
Naidoo, Chantal. 2020. “Relating Financial Systems to Sustainability Transitions: Challenges, Demands and Design Features.” Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions 36: 270-90.
Athey, Susan, and Michael Luca. 2019. “Economists (and Economics) in Tech Companies.” Journal of Economic Perspectives, 33 (1): 209-30

Code of Conduct:
By attending, all conference participants agree to abide by the event’s Code of Conduct.

Video and Photography Policy:
Portions of this conference will be live-streamed and all sessions will be video/audio taped. By registering, your attendance at or in participation in this conference constitutes your consent to the use and distribution by Columbia University of the attendee’s image or voice for informational live stream, publicity, promotional and/or reporting purposes in print or electronic communications media. Video recording by participants and other attendees during any portion of the conference is not allowed without special prior written permission. Photographs of copyrighted PowerPoint or other slides are for personal use only and are not to be reproduced or distributed. Do not photograph any such images that are labeled as confidential and/or proprietary.

This conference is co-sponsored by Columbia University’s Program for Economic Research (PER). Please direct all questions to


Wednesday, January 27, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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1022 International Affairs Building (IAB)

Mail Code 3308

420 West 118th Street

New York, NY 10027

Ph: (212) 854-3680
Fax: (212) 854-0749
Business Hours:
Mon–Fri, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
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