2011 News

Former Obama adviser Romer to keynote discussion on unemployment and underemployment April 12

Christina D. Romer, PhD, former chair of President Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, will deliver a keynote address to open a panel discussion on “The Continuing Unemployment Crisis: Causes, Cures, and Questions for Further Study” at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, in the Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom of Anheuser-Busch Hall.

Romer, the Class of 1957-Garff B. Wilson Professor of Economics at the University of California at Berkeley, focuses much of her research on the effects of fiscal policy, the determinants of American macroeconomic policy, and the causes of the Great Depression.

She is co-director of the Program in Monetary Economics at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), and is a member of the NBER Business Cycle Dating Committee.

After Romer’s keynote, leaders in the fields of economics, law and social development will continue the conversation with a panel discussion.

Panelists are:

  • Marion Crain, JD, the Wiley B. Rutledge Professor of Law and director of the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Work and Social Capital at Washington University in St. Louis School of Law.
  • William Emmons, research economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and adjunct professor of finance at the Olin Business School at WUSTL.
  • Steven Fazzari, PhD, professor of economics and associate director of the Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government & Public Policy at WUSTL.
  • Michael Sherraden, PhD, the Benjamin E. Youngdahl Professor of Social Development and director of the Center for Social Development at the Brown School at WUSTL.

This event is part of Washington University’s Livable Lives Initiative, which investigates what social conditions and policy supports can make life with a low or moderate income stable, secure, satisfying, and successful. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Brown School’s Center for Social Development and Youngdahl Lecture Series, the Law School’s Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Work and Social Capital, the Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government & Public Policy, and the Center for New Institutional Social Sciences.

The keynote and panel discussion are free and open to the public.