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COVID-19: Economic Impact, Human Solutions
Friday, April 10, 2020
12:00-1:00 PM PT
The COVID-19 pandemic is a public health crisis threatening to become an economic catastrophe that affects tens of millions of Americans. Is the $2 trillion aid package recently passed by Congress and signed by the president enough to keep the economy from freefall? What more is needed?
A panel of UC Berkeley’s leading economists and public policy experts will discuss the economic consequences of sheltering-in-place, evaluate the Congressional response and discuss strategies that could help to stabilize the economy, safeguard jobs and protect society’s most vulnerable people. Panelists will include:
- Henry Brady – Dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy and Class of 1941 Monroe Deutsch Professor of Political Science and Public Policy. Brady has written extensively on electoral politics and political participation, social welfare policy, political polling, and statistical methodology, and has worked for the U.S. Office of Management and Budget and other organizations in Washington, D.C.
- Ellora Derenoncourt – Incoming Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Economics. Derenoncourt’s research focuses on the minimum wage, economic history, and inequality.
- Hilary Hoynes – Professor of Public Policy and Economics; Haas Distinguished Chair in Economic Disparities; and Co-Director of the Berkeley Opportunity Lab. Hoynes is an expert on the impacts of government tax and transfer programs on low-income families, poverty, inequality, and food and nutrition programs. She was recently named to California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Council of Economic Advisors.
- Jesse Rothstein – Professor of Public Policy and Economics and Director of the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE). Rothstein served as Senior Economist for the Council of Economic Advisers and Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of Labor in the administration of President Barack Obama. He has studied the impact of the 2008-09 recession on young people and on job formation, unemployment insurance and the effects of the Earned Income Tax Credit.
- Gabriel Zucman – Associate Professor of Economics and Director of the Stone Center on Wealth and Income Inequality. Zucman’s research focuses on the accumulation, distribution and taxation of global wealth and analyzes the implications of globalization.
- The event will be moderated by veteran journalist Dan Mogulof, who now serves as UC Berkeley’s assistant vice chancellor for executive communications.
The discussion is part of a new live, online video series, Berkeley Conversations: COVID-19, featuring Berkeley scholars from a range of disciplines.
Henry E. Brady is the Class of 1941 Monroe Deutsch Professor of Political Science and Public Policy in the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. He served as dean of the Goldman School from 2009-2021. He received his PhD in economics and political science from MIT. He has written on electoral politics, political participation, social welfare policy, political polling, and statistical methodology. He has worked for the federal Office of Management and Budget and other organizations in Washington, DC. He was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2003 and as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2006. He is the co-author of The Unheavenly Chorus: Unequal Political Voice and the Broken Promise of American Democracy and Unequal and Unrepresented: Political Inequality and the People's Voice in the New Gilded Age, Letting the People Decide: Dynamics of a Canadian Election (1992), Voice and Equality: Civic Voluntarism in American Politics (1995), Expensive Children in Poor Families: The Intersection of Childhood Disability and Welfare (2000); and Counting All the Votes: The Performance of Voting Technology in the United States (2001).