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 Avoiding Budget Catastrophe

Friday, September 23, 2011
Noon to 2:00p.m., ET
 

 

 

 

 

To watch the live video webcast or a recording, go to:
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/urban-institute-events. (No registration is necessary.) Online viewers will be able to e-mail questions to the moderator. Questions for the Q&A session should be submitted to publicaffairs@urban.org

Continuation of current U.S. fiscal policy will lead to an enormous accumulation of debt with potentially disastrous consequences. As the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction attempts to produce a bipartisan proposal to trim $1.5 trillion from budget deficits over the next decade, many commentators fear that their proposals might simultaneously undermine our fragile economic recovery while not really addressing the enormous long-term budget challenges. Please join us for a conversation about how to avoid a budget catastrophe. We will discuss options for fiscal reform and the trade-off between the immediate need to address a floundering economic recovery and the long-term need to achieve fiscal sustainability. 

Panelists:
  • Leonard Burman, Daniel Patrick Moynihan Professor of Public Affairs, Syracuse University, and Affiliated Scholar, Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center.
  • Michael Ettlinger, Vice President for Economic Policy, Center for American Progress.
  • Alan Viard, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute.
  • David Wessel, Economics Editor, Wall Street Journal (moderator).
Resources:

Panelist Bios
Presentation by Leonard Burman
Presentation by Michael Ettlinger
Presentation by Alan Viard

At the Urban Institute
2100 M Street N.W., 5th Floor, Washington, D.C.
Lunch will be provided at 11:45 a.m.. The forum begins promptly at noon.