September 8-9, 2016

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On September 8, 2016 the Initiative on Business and Public Policy and the Hutchins Center will host a series of roundtable discussions of technical issues surrounding the productivity slowdown. On September 9, 2016, we will hold a public event on the policy implications of the growth slowdown, where Martin Baily will present an overview paper on the causes of the slowdown, followed by a panel discussion on the most effective policies to enhance productivity performance.

More information on this event, including a detailed agenda for the day, is available here.


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The Brookings Institution
1775 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036

The conference will be held in Brookings’s main building, located in the nation’s capital near Dupont Circle. Click here for information about directions and parking.


Martin Neil Baily is the Bernard L. Schwartz Chair in Economic Policy Development and Senior Fellow and Director of the Business and Public Policy Initiative. He is studying financial regulation, growth, and how to speed the recovery. He is a Senior Advisor to the McKinsey Global Institute and to the Albright Stonebridge Group. He is the co-chair of the Financial Regulatory Reform Initiative of the Bipartisan Policy Center, and a member of the Squam Lake Group of financial economists. Dr. Baily is a Director of The Phoenix Companies of Hartford CT.

Louise Sheiner is a senior fellow in Economic Studies and policy director for the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy. She had served as an economist with the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System since 1993, most recently as the senior economist in the Fiscal Analysis Section for the Research and Statistics Division. In her time at the Fed, she was also appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy at the U.S. Department of the Treasury (1996), and served as Senior Staff Economist for the Council of Economic Advisers (1995-96). Before joining the Fed, Sheiner was an economist at the Joint Committee on Taxation. Sheiner pursues research on health spending and other fiscal issues. She received her Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University, as well as an undergraduate degree in biology at Harvard.

David Wessel is director of the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy, the mission of which is to improve the quality of fiscal and monetary policies and public understanding of them. He joined Brookings in December 2013 after 30 years on the staff of The Wall Street Journal where, most recently, he was economics editor and wrote the weekly Capital column.  He is a contributing correspondent to The Wall Street Journal, appears frequently on NPR’s Morning Edition and tweets often at @davidmwessel.


Please direct any questions regarding conference registration, logistics, etc. to Lilia Cherchari at [email protected].