As debate on the recession moves from "if" to "when" to "how long," The New School's Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis (SCEPA) and the New America Foundation host a panel entitled "It's the Economic Recovery Plan, Stupid," with top economists and business executives.
The panel will discuss the economic and political realities behind the debate on how best to stimulate the economy, including how a major public infrastructure investment might serve as a centerpiece of a longer-term recovery program.
SCEPA will also present a new publication, The Promise of Public Investment, based on its year-long series of forums designed to question conventional wisdom on U.S. economic policy - The New School
Heidi Crebo-Rediker is co-director of New America's Global Strategic Finance Initiative. This project, sponsored jointly by the American Strategy and Economic Growth programs, explores the challenges and opportunities presented in a rapidly evolving multi-polar financial world.
Crebo-Rediker returned to the United States this year after spending 16 years in Europe as a senior investment banker for several leading global investment banks, including Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch.
Ms. Crebo-Rediker's most recent investment banking experience focused on providing advice on financing strategy and communications with the market and raising capital for governments and government agencies, including those of the United States, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
Ms. Crebo-Rediker was named one of the "Top 25 Women in Business" by The Wall Street Journal Europe and is a member of the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations, the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), and the National Security Network and is a Senior Councilor at the Atlantic Council.
A graduate of Dartmouth College and the London School of Economics, Crebo-Rediker is frequently quoted as a commentator on the markets on CNN, in The Wall Street Journal, The Financial News, and elsewhere.
Tom Gallagher is an American politician from the U.S. state of Florida. He is a Republican and most recently held the position of Chief Financial Officer of the State of Florida.
Gallagher recently lost the Primary election against state Attorney General Charlie Crist for the Republican nomination in the 2006 gubernatorial race. He was succeeded by Alex Sink in January 2007.
Teresa Ghilarducci is the Irene and Bernard L. Schwartz Professor of Economic Policy Analysis at the New School for Social Research. Her 2008 book, When I'm Sixty-four: The Plot Against Pensions and the Plan to Save Them (Princeton University Press) investigates how to restore the promise of retirement for all Americans. Her book, Labor's Capital: The Economics and Politics of Employer Pensions (MIT Press) won an Association of American Publishers award in 1992. She co-authored Portable Pension Plans for Casual Labor Markets in 1995.
Ghilarducci publishes in referred journals and testifies frequently before Congress. She is the WURF fellow at the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School and serves as a public trustee for the Health Care VEBAs for UAW Retirees of General Motors and for the USW retirees for Goodyear and served on the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation's Advisory Board from 1996-2001, and on the Board of Trustees of the State of Indiana Public Employees' Retirement Fund from 1996-2002.
Her research has been funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, US Department of Labor, the Ford Foundation, and the Retirement Research Foundation.
January 1, 2011, Bob Kerrey completed his tenure as seventh President of The New School, a university founded on strong democratic ideals and daring educational practices, an environment that was well suited for his leadership. He also served as New School's President Emeritus from January 1, 2011 to January 31, 2013.
Prior to coming to The New School Bob Kerrey represented Nebraska in the United States Senate. For two terms, Senator Kerrey emphasized the direct connection between citizens and their laws, and made a concerted effort to allow Nebraskans to participate in writing laws that defined the quality and inclusiveness of their health care system, their schools and the safety of their communities. He served on the Senate's Agriculture and Forestry Committee, Senate's Appropriations Committee, Senate's Finance Committee, and last but not least on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence where he worked to restructure our intelligence agencies to improve their capacity to meet the threats faced by our country. Prior to serving in the U.S. Senate Bob Kerrey served a single term as Nebraska's Governor. He established a reputation as a fiscal conservative who regularly crossed political party lines for the good of Nebraska and the Country.
Bob Kerrey served three years in the United States Navy. While in Vietnam, he was wounded, permanently disabled from the injury, and from this injury received a great gift: Sympathy for those who are suffering and an appreciation for the capacity of government to save your life. Before his time in the Navy Bob Kerrey attended the University of Nebraska graduating in January 1966 with a BS degree in pharmacy. He was born in Lincoln and attended public schools there. In 2002 he published a memoir "When I Was A Young Man."
Bob Kerrey is married to Sarah Paley and lives in New York. The couple has a 12-year-old son, Henry, and Mr. Kerrey has two children from his previous marriage, Ben and Lindsey Kerrey, and four grandchildren.
As President of the Economic Policy Institute, Lawrence Mishel is a nationally recognized economist. He has researched, written and spoken widely on the economy and economic policy as it affects middle- and low-income families. His areas of expertise include income distribution and poverty, labor markets, industrial relations, technology and productivity, education, wages, unions and collective bargaining. Mishel is regularly called on to testify and provide economic briefings to members of Congress and appears regularly as a commentator on the economy in print and broadcast media.
He is principal author of a major research volume, The State of Working America, which provides a comprehensive overview of the U.S. labor market and living standards. His is now dedicated to sounding the alarm about the high and persistent unemployment ahead, its damaging impact on many communities and the need to generate more jobs and provide assistance to families so they can weather this storm.
Laura D'Andrea Tyson
Laura D'Andrea Tyson is the S.K. and Angela Chan Professor of Global Management at the Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley. She served as dean of London Business School from 2002 to 2006, and as dean of the Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley from 1998 to 2001.
Lawrence Mishel lists the advantages of an economic stimulus plan geared toward spending for infrastructure repairs over the current plan of individual payments. He also observes how politics have hindered the effectiveness of the stimulus.
Heidi Crebo-Rediker proposes a government-owned and funded organization that would fund infrastructure projects in partnership with the private sector, based on European models, to encourage the flow of world capital into the development and reparation of the "crumbling infrastructure" in the United States.