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Brookings Papers on Economic Activity: Spring 2021

Edited by Janice Eberly and James H. Stock
Brookings Papers on Economic Activity Spring 2021

The Brookings Papers on Economic Activity (BPEA) is a semi-annual academic conference and journal that pairs rigorous research with real-time policy analysis to address the most urgent economic challenges of the day. Working drafts of the papers are presented at the conference typically held twice each year. The final papers and discussant remarks from each conference are subsequently published in the journal several months later.


JAMIE LENNEY, BYRON LUTZ, FINN SCHÜLE, and LOUISE SHEINER
The Sustainability of State and Local Pensions: A Public Finance Approach
Comment by Deborah Lucas
Comment by Joshua Rauh
General Discussion

PANEL on COVID-19 AND ECONOMIC POLICY AFTER ONE YEAR

ANDREW ATKESON
Behavior and the Dynamics of Epidemics

CHRISTINA D. ROMER
The Fiscal Policy Response to the Pandemic

KRISTA RUFFINI and ABIGAIL WOZNIAK
Supporting Workers and Families in the Pandemic Recession: Results in 2020 and Suggestions for 2021

General Discussion

ANDREW METRICK and DANIEL TARULLO
Congruent Financial Regulation
Comment by Viral Acharya
Comment by Hyun Song Shin
General Discussion

PANEL on FIFTY YEARS OF BPEA’S CONTRIBUTIONS TO MACROECONOMICS AND POLICY

ROBERT E. HALL
The Brookings Panel’s Contributions to Research on Labor Markets

ROBERT J. GORDON
Productivity and Growth over the Years at BPEA

ALAN S. BLINDER
BPEA and Monetary Policy over Fifty Years

WILL DOBBIE and CRYSTAL YANG
The Economic Costs of Pretrial Detention
Comment by Conrad Miller
Comment by Justin Wolfers
General Discussion

CAROLINE M. HOXBY
Advanced Cognitive Skill Deserts in the United States: Their Likely Causes and Implications
Comment by Erik Hurst
Comment by Brian A. Jacob
General Discussion

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