The Conference Board uses cookies to improve our website, enhance your experience, and deliver relevant messages and offers about our products. Detailed information on the use of cookies on this site is provided in our cookie policy. For more information on how The Conference Board collects and uses personal data, please visit our privacy policy. By continuing to use this Site or by clicking "OK", you consent to the use of cookies. 
Research Report: The Federal Budget Deficit and the Public Debt—Dealing with a Lurking Problem
  • Publication Date:
    December 2016

In this report, CED warns that the nation’s fiscal imbalance is building to become a critical threat to US world leadership and prosperity at some unpredictable date in the not-too-distant future. It views the debt not as a certain and predictable catastrophe ahead but a growing risk—unless lawmakers resolve to make a significant change in US policy. Otherwise, that risk could grow to the point where serious ill effects are inevitable. In the report, CED urges policy makers to consider the facts and resolve –in a thoughtful but timely manner—to turn this seemingly unending and inexorable trend around.

Support Our Work

Support our nonpartisan, nonprofit research and insights which help leaders address societal challenges.