When: Tuesday, February 7, 2017, 8:30 — 10:00 a.m.
Where: The Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC
The U.S. has experienced a slowdown in productivity growth during the last decade, amounting to trillions of dollars in lost output. This decline in productivity—coupled with very low interest rates and declining public investment—presents a challenge and an opportunity for economic policy. In response, many policymakers and experts have proposed investments in public infrastructure; however, this raises a number of questions regarding not only which types of infrastructure projects are worth pursuing, but how to most effectively fund and finance them.
On February 7, The Hamilton Project at Brookings will host a policy forum exploring fiscally responsible policy options for funding and financing infrastructure investments. The forum will feature a panel discussion to explore the role of repatriation, tax credits, and deficit finance in infrastructure policy. Panelists will include: Rosanne Altshuler, professor, Department of Economics, Rutgers University; Alan Auerbach, director of the Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance, University of California, Berkeley; Alan Blinder, Gordon S. Rentschler memorial professor of economics and public affairs, Princeton University and visiting fellow in Economic Studies, The Brookings Institution; Jason Furman, senior fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics; and Alan Viard, resident scholar, American Enterprise Institute. Peter Orszag, nonresident senior fellow in Economic Studies, Brookings, and vice chairman and managing director, Lazard Freres & Co LLC, will moderate the discussion.
In conjunction with this event, The Hamilton Project will release a new framing paper, which provides an economic framework for evaluating and implementing infrastructure investment proposals.
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