It’s the economy, stupid,” was the key phrase of the 1992 presidential election, and the economy will undoubtedly play a part in this election cycle. In this time of steady, yet lackluster, economic growth, combined with increasing concern about diminishing economic opportunities for the low-income, voters are looking for policy ideas from the presidential candidates.
On December 7, the Economic Studies program at Brookings convened a panel of experts to discuss some of the key issues on the economic agenda leading into the campaign, featuring four of the most prominent economic advisers to presidential candidates — two Republicans and two Democrats. The panel was moderated by David Wessel, and discussed what the presidential candidates should be suggesting regarding three key issues: advancing social mobility and opportunity, increasing economic growth, and tax reform and fiscal policy.
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