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Aug 13

Past Event

Stimulus at Six Months: Boom or Bust?

Event Materials



  • Stimulus Needs to be Targeted

    Amy Liu: The pain of the recession is not evenly distributed nationwide. If the stimulus is going to work, it needs to be targeted to meet the precise needs of our many communities.

    Amy Liu

  • Impact of Stimulus on State and Local Level is Uneven

    Chris Zimmerman, Arlington County Board: The impact of the stimulus plan on the state and local level has been slow, uneven and, in some cases, nonexistent.

    Amy Liu

  • Stimulus Hasn't Been a Big Factor in Economic Turnaround

    Barry Bosworth: The recession seems to be ending but the stimulus package hasn''t been a big factor in the economic turnaround.

    Barry P. Bosworth

  • Little Education Spending in Stimulus

    Russ Whitehurst: Very little of the federal funds have been spent since the Department of Education has $115 billion of stimulus money to manage and roughly 13 percent of that has been sent to states.

    Grover J. "Russ" Whitehurst


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Six months after the new administration and Congress ushered through a two-year $787 billion stimulus plan to revive America’s economy, conflicting numbers fuel arguments for both proponents and critics. An administration team, led by President Obama, is touting the recovery act’s success, citing a recent gross-domestic-product report that showed the economy contracting at a slower rate. But unemployment, especially in hard-hit areas, is still high.

On August 13, a panel of Brookings experts weighed the evidence and discussed whether the stimulus package is working, based on a broad set of criteria. Moderated by the New York Times’ Jackie Calmes, the panel delved into whether the money was strategically deployed to invigorate the nation’s economy, to create jobs and to advance school reform. The discussion concluded with a look at next steps.

Event Agenda


August 13, 2009

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM EDT

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


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SERIES: Metropolitan Recovery and Spending Priorities | Number 36