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How big is the problem really?



27 March, 2019

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More spending and less revenue means annual deficits keep rising and the world’s global debt burden keeps racketing up. How far can this go?

Recently some economists have argued that sustained low interest rates and more tolerance for overleveraged balance sheets could mean that critical levels of debt-to-GDP rates have increased. But how certain can we be of such an outcome? And why should business worry about this?

Join our expert business experts and economists as they address:

  • How much has the national debt increased in the US and globally?
  • Why is the tolerance for increased debt rising, and on what is it based?
  • How do sustainable higher sovereign debt levels impact on business lending?

Who Should Attend: Those with an interest in the economic, business, and policy direction of the US and Global economy.

Speakers

Alan J. Auerbach

Alan J. Auerbach
Director, Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance
University of California at Berkeley

Alan J. Auerbach is the Robert D. Burch Professor of Economics and Law, Director of the Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance, and Chair of the Economics Department at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and ...Full Bio

Gad Levanon, Ph.D.

Gad Levanon, Ph.D.
Chief Economist, North America
The Conference Board

Gad Levanon is chief economist, North America for The Conference Board, where he oversees the labor market, US forecasting, and Help Wanted OnLine© programs. His research focuses on trends in US and global labor markets, the US economy, and forecasting using economic indicat...Full Bio

Joseph J. Minarik

Joseph J. Minarik
Senior Vice President and Director of Research
Committee for Economic Development

Joseph Minarik was the chief economist of the Office of Management and Budget for the eight years of the Clinton Administration, helping to formulate the Administration’s program to eliminate the budget deficit, including both the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993 and the bipartisan...Full Bio

Bart van Ark

Bart van Ark (Moderator)
Executive Vice President, Chief Economist & Chief Strategy Officer
The Conference Board

Bart van Ark is Executive Vice President and Chief Economist of The Conference Board, a global research organization with its head office in New York City in the United States. He leads a global team of economists in New York, Brussels and Beijing, who produce a range of widely watched economic i...Full Bio

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