The Atlantic Summit on the Economy

April 23, 2015
9:00 am - 4:30 pm EDT


Thursday, April 23

9:00 am EDT Opening Remarks: Summit on the Economy     Watch On-Demand
  • James Bennet, Editor in Chief and Co-President, The Atlantic
9:05 am EDT Secular Stagnation and Moving Beyond the Recovery     Watch On-Demand
  • The Honorable Lawrence H. Summers, Former Secretary, U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • Interviewed by: David Leonhardt, Managing Editor, The Upshot, New York Times
9:35 am EDT Housing and The Future of Federal Assistance     Watch On-Demand
  • The Honorable Julián Castro, Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Interviewed by: Matt Thompson, Deputy Editor,
9:55 am EDT Reviewing the American Dream: Debt and the Housing Market     Watch On-Demand
  • Stan Humphries, Chief Economist, Zillow
  • Susan Lund, Partner, McKinsey Global Institute
  • Sarah Rosen Wartell, President, Urban Institute
  • Moderated by: Nancy Cook, Economic & Domestic Policy Correspondent, National Journal
10:20 am EDT Fiscal Fight: How Sequestration Impacts the Economy     Watch On-Demand
  • The Honorable Shaun Donovan, Director, Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President
  • The Honorable Jason Furman, Chairman, Council of Economic Advisers, Executive Office of the President
  • Moderated by: Derek Thompson, Senior Editor, The Atlantic

Break: 11:00 - 11:15 am EDT
11:15 am EDT Powering the Future: The Energy Economy     Watch On-Demand
  • Benjamin Zycher, John G. Searle Chair, American Enterprise Institute
  • Adele Morris, Senior Fellow and Policy Director, Climate and Energy Economics Project, Brookings Institution
  • Moderated by: Megan McArdle, Columnist, Bloomberg View
11:35 am EDT Richard Vague: Private Sector Debt - America's Blind Spot     Watch On-Demand
  • Richard Vague, Chairman, Governor's Woods Foundation
  • Interviewed by: Jonathan Allen, Chief Political Correspondent, Vox
12:00 pm EDT Rep. Chris Van Hollen: Taxes and Wage Inequality     Watch On-Demand
  • The Honorable Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), U.S. House of Representatives
  • Interviewed by: Steven Rattner, Chairman, Willett Advisors

Break: 12:25 - 1:00 pm EDT
1:00 pm EDT Monetary Policy Then & Now: The Role of the Fed     Watch On-Demand
  • The Honorable Alice Rivlin, Former Vice Chair, Federal Reserve & Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
  • Interviewed by: Edward Luce, Washington Columnist, Financial Times
1:25 pm EDT Congress and The Economy: A View from the Senate     Watch On-Demand
  • The Honorable Joe Manchin (D-WV), U.S. Senate
  • Interviewed by: Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic
1:40 pm EDT Ideas Out Loud: The Upwardly Mobile Barista     Watch On-Demand
  • Amanda Ripley, Author,The Smartest Kids in the World & The Atlantic's May 2015 Cover Story
2:00 pm EDT Thomas Perez: On the Clock - Striving for Full Employment     Watch On-Demand
  • The Honorable Thomas Perez, Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor
  • Interviewed by: Margaret Carlson, Columnist, Bloomberg View
2:30 pm EDT Building an Economic FitBit: Jumpstarting American Growth     Watch On-Demand
  • Tyler Cowen, Professor, George Mason University
  • The Honorable John Delaney (D-MD), Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Yves Smith, Publisher, Naked Capitalism
  • Moderated by: Edward Luce, Washington Columnist, Financial Times
2:55 pm EDT Unspoken Forces Shaping Our Economy     Watch On-Demand
  • Veronique De Rugy, Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center, George Mason University
  • Sherle Schwenninger, Director, Economic Growth Program and American Strategy Program, New America Foundation
  • Moderated by: Derek Thompson, Senior Editor, The Atlantic
3:30 pm EDT View from the States: Building Ohio's Future     Watch On-Demand
  • The Honorable John Kasich, Governor, Ohio
  • Interviewed by: Jonathan Karl, Chief White House Correspondent, ABC News
4:00 pm EDT Trade, TPA and The Trans-Pacific Partnership     Watch On-Demand
  • The Honorable Mike Froman, U.S. Trade Representative, Executive Office of the President
  • Interviewed by: Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic
4:25 pm EDT The Budget and Bipartisanship: A View from the Senate     Watch On-Demand
  • The Honorable John Hoeven (R-ND), U.S. Senate
  • Interviewed by: Steve Clemons

About this conference

From the implications of a debt-chocking, slower Chinese economy to a Eurozone sitting on a deflationary precipice to a still over-leveraged raft of homeownership poking holes in the American dream, questions arise about the health and resilience of the US and global economies.

In a daylong deep-dive, The Atlantic's Summit on the Economy will take stock of the factors that drive economic conditions at home and abroad. With more than 300 policymakers, cabinet members, CEOs, financial services experts, top newsmakers and media voices in attendance, the event promises to bring together some of the most notable economic minds for a series of intimate onstage panel discussions, interviews and case studies.

Possible topics will include:
  • Are domestic and global economies tilting in healthy or risky directions?
  • New trade efforts and the debate about labor and environmental impacts
  • Are reverses in deleveraging kicking risk factors higher?
  • Taking stock of the stakeholders that drive the economic equation
  • Growing economic networks of the unbanked

About The Atlantic

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