Rebuilding the Post-Pandemic Economy

December 1, 2021

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1:30 – 2:45pm ET

US workers, consumers, and firms are facing unprecedented conditions during the uneven and unpredictable economic recovery.  Labor shortages are driving up wages while consumers face price increases not seen in decades. Despite strong consumer demand, US firms face new risks from supply chain issues, dwindling inventories, and an uncertain inflation outlook.  Despite receiving unprecedented federal assistance during the widespread business shutdowns in 2020, many small business owners remain pessimistic about near-term business conditions.  Recent data also suggests business investment has weakened, while many exporting firms continue to experience the consequences of America’s lingering trade war with China. What do these challenges portend for the longer-term economic recovery? What can policymakers do to promote greater stability and boost confidence?

Agenda
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  1. REBUILDING THE POST-PANDEMIC ECONOMY

    This webinar will coincide with the release of the Aspen Economic Strategy Group’s 2021 policy volume Rebuilding the Post-Pandemic Economy, which explores a range of topics, including initial lessons learned from the unprecedented fiscal response to the COVID-19 pandemic, inequities in the K-12 education system that were exacerbated by the pandemic, the role of trade policy in promoting recovery, and considerations for implementing new infrastructure spending to maximize efficiency and equity.  

     

    WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION
    Erskine Bowles, Co-Chair, Aspen Economic Strategy Group

     

    FRAMING REMARKS
    Wally Adeyemo, Deputy Secretary US Department of the Treasury

     

    PANEL DISCUSSION: CHALLENGES FACING US FIRMS IN THE POST-PANDEMIC ECONOMY

    SPEAKERS
    Chad Bown, Reginald Jones Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics

    Jason Furman, Aetna Professor of the Practice of Economic Policy, Harvard University

    Michael Strain, Director, Economic Policy Studies; Arthur F. Burns Scholar in Political Economy, American Enterprise Institute

    Holly Wade, Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business Research Center

    MODERATOR
    Melissa S. Kearney, Neil Moskowitz Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland; Director, Aspen Economic Strategy Group

     

    CLOSING REMARKS
    Henry M. Paulson, Jr., Co-Chair, Aspen Economic Strategy Group

Speakers

  1. Wally Adeyemo
    Wally Adeyemo
    Deputy Treasury Secretary
  2. Chad Bown
    Chad Bown
    Reginald Jones Senior Fellow Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE)
  3. Holly Wade
    Holly Wade
    Executive DirectorNational Federation of Independent Business Research Center