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BPEA Spring 2021 conference

Past Event

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.

On Thursday, March 25, Brookings virtually held its semi-annual academic. While BPEA conferences are usually small, invitation-only gatherings, Brookings is opening its proceedings to anyone who wishes to observe the vanguard of economic thought around urgent public health and the global economic issues.

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The Sustainability of State and Local Government Pensions: A Public Finance Approach

Authors: Jamie Lenney, Bank of England; Byron Lutz, Federal Reserve Board of Governors; Finn Schüle,
Brown University; and Louise Sheiner, Brookings Institution
Discussants: Deborah Lucas, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Josh Rauh, Stanford Graduate
School of Business

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Deborah Lucas

Sloan Distinguished Professor of Finance - MIT Sloan School of Management

Director - MIT Golub Center for Finance and Policy


Joshua D. Rauh

Professor of Finance - Stanford Graduate School of Business

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Panel: COVID-19 and Economic Policy after One Year

“Behavior and the Dynamic of Epidemics”
Andrew Atkeson, University of California, Los Angeles
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“The Fiscal Policy Response to the Pandemic”
Christina Romer, University of California, Berkeley
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“Supporting Workers and Families in the Pandemic Recession: Results in 2020 and Suggestions for 2021”

Krista Ruffini and Abigail Wozniak, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
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Congruent Financial Regulation

Authors: Andrew Metrick, Yale School of Management; and Daniel Tarullo, Harvard Law School
Discussants: Viral Acharya, New York University Stern School of Business; and Hyun Song Shin, Bank for International Settlements

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Viral Acharya

C.V. Starr Professor of Economics - New York University, Stern School of Business

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Panel: 50 years of Brookings Papers’ Contributions to Macroeconomics and Policy

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“BPEA and Monetary Policy Over 50 Years”
Alan Blinder, Princeton University


“Productivity and Growth Over the Years at BPEA”
Robert Gordon, Northwestern University


“The Brookings Panel’s Contributions to Research on Labor Markets”
Robert Hall, Stanford Hoover Institution

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The Economic Costs of Pretrial Detention

Authors: Will Dobbie and Crystal Yang, Harvard University
Discussants: Conrad Miller, University of California, Berkeley; and Justin Wolfers, University of Michigan

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Conrad Miller

Assitant Professor - Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley

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Advanced Cognitive Skills Deserts in the United States

Author: Caroline Hoxby, Stanford University
Discussants: Erik Hurst, University of Chicago; and Brian Jacob, University of Michigan

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Erik Hurst

Frank P. and Marianne R. Diassi Distinguished Service Professor of Economics - Booth School of Business, University of Chicago

Deputy Director - Becker Friedman Institute


Brian A. Jacob

Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Education Policy; Professor of Economics, and Professor of Education - University of Michigan

Former Brookings Expert

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