TONIGHT: Experts to share insights on the economy and the election

“The Economy and the Election” will be explored by leading experts in two upcoming panel discussions on campus moderated by President Richard C. Levin.

The public panels will be held Wednesday, Oct. 10, and Thursday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in Levinson Auditorium of Yale Law School. Both discussions will also be broadcast live online on Yale’s LiveStream channel:

How the federal government taxes and spends is at the heart of the upcoming election, and the facts relevant to these fundamental issues need to be understood more fully,” Levin said. “These important discussions will add to everyone’s knowledge of the choices and challenges our nation faces.”

“The Economy and the Election” panel on Oct. 10 will focus on taxes, spending, and the economics of healthcare. Levin, who is the Frederick William Beinecke Professor of Economics, will be joined on the panel by:

Alan Auerbach, the Robert D. Burch Professor of Law and Economics at the University of California-Berkeley and director of the Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance. He served as deputy chief of staff on the U.S. Joint Committee on Taxation and is a prominent expert on public finance;

Michael Graetz, the Wilbur H Friedman Professor of Tax Law at Columbia Law School and the Justus S. Hotchkiss Professor Emeritus of Law at Yale Law School. He served as first deputy assistant secretary for tax policy and assistant secretary and special counsel for the U.S. Department of Treasury, and is a leading authority on tax law; and

Amanda Kowalski, assistant professor at Yale, faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and an expert on health policy.

Following the discussion the panel will answer questions from the audience. 

“The Economy and the Election II. Macroeconomics” on Nov. 1 will include Michael Woodford, the John Bates Clark Professor of Political Economy at Columbia University. Woodford, one of the first recipients of a MacArthur grant, is a leading monetary economist and a 1980 graduate of Yale Law School.

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