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Mar 7

Past Event

Campaign 2012: Strategies for Economic Growth

Event Materials



  • Worse off Without Stimulus

    Martin Baily: If we had opted to let the banks fail and forgo a stimulus package, we’d probably be worse off than we are now. So, I do think we’re on a path for stronger economic growth but it’s clear that we’re not out of the woods yet.

    Martin Neil Baily

  • Housing Critical to Economy, But not Improving

    Karen Dynan: The housing sector is a critically important element of the U.S. economy and should typically lead us out of hard economic times, which is why it’s so troubling that we’re really not seeing any improvement in the market.

    Karen Dynan

  • Need a More Inclusive, Equitable Agenda

    Elisabeth Jacobs: Just getting back to where we were a few years ago isn’t enough; our goals as a nation need to change, We need an agenda that’s more inclusive and equitable for all Americans.

    Elisabeth Jacobs


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As the United States continues its slow recovery from a deep recession and many Americans struggle to find jobs, the economy is at the forefront of voters’ minds heading into the 2012 election. Given the continued policy gridlock in Congress, economic growth is arguably the most urgent policy challenge facing the next president. But the policy prescriptions are complex, requiring strategies to address the shrinking middle class, reduced consumer demand, the housing market, the national deficit and America’s role in the global economy.

On March 7, the Campaign 2012 project at Brookings held a discussion of America’s economic growth, the third in a series of forums that will identify and address the 12 most critical issues facing the next president. Ben White of POLITICO moderated a panel discussion with Brookings experts Martin Baily, Karen Dynan and Elisabeth Jacobs, who presented recommendations to the next president.

After the program, panelists took questions from the audience.

You can follow the conversation on this event on Twitter using the hashtag #BIEconomy or on our @BICampaign2012 Twitter feed.

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Event Agenda


March 7, 2012

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM EST

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


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