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We are in the fifth year of confronting the effects of a liquidity and debt crisis that brought the global economy to a standstill in 2008 and has helped bolster high debt-to-GDP ratios in the United States, Japan, and many Eurozone countries. The Eurozone and the United Kingdom have already enacted aggressive fiscal austerity measures, while the response of the United States has been much more moderate. However, there are major debates about the extent to which austerity measures accelerate or slow the recovery, and whether those measures are a precondition for a more sustainable recovery of growth.


Ataman Ozyildirim, Ph.D.

Ataman Ozyildirim, Ph.D.
Director, Business Cycles and Growth Research
The Conference Board

Ataman Ozyildirim is an economist and director of business cycles and growth research at The Conference Board. He joined The Conference Board in 1999 as part of the Global Business Cycle Indicators Program that produces The Conference ... Full Bio

Kathy Bostjancic

Kathy Bostjancic
Director for Macroeconomic Analysis
The Conference Board

Kathy Bostjancic is director for macroeconomic analysis at The Conference Board. A specialist in the U.S. economy and financial markets, she is a member of the team that produces the U.S. economic forecast and global outlook for The Conference Boa... Full Bio

Stephen Sexauer

Stephen Sexauer
Chief Investment Officer
Allianz Global Investors Solutions

Stephen Sexauer has been the Chief Investment Officer of AGI Solutions since inception in June, 2008, and has been a Managing Director of Allianz Global Investors of America LLC or one of its subsidiaries since May, 2003.  Mr. Sexauer has ove... Full Bio


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