Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Austerity vs. Growth: Lessons for the U.S. Economy

On Friday, March 1, 2013, the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law will host a timely and important symposium "Austerity vs. Growth: Lessons for the U.S. Economy."  Utah Law Professor Christian Johnson has organized a conference that will examine austerity measures as employed in Europe and the implications of those measures on the United States.  "'Given the current fiscal debate going on Washington and that the sequestration budget cuts are scheduled to begin on March 1, there has never been a program that is more timely,' said conference organizer Professor Christian Johnson. 'The program has been geared to enable everyone from the expert to the neophyte to understand the key debates and issues that need to be decided at this time.  The key note and panel discussions should provide welcome clarity to the difficult fiscal and economic decisions that our country has to make at this time.' According to Johnson, the all-day event will generally ask whether austerity policies will help or harm the U.S. economy."

The keynote lecture will be delivered by Kern Alexander, Chair of Law and Finance at the University of Zurich. Panelists include Clay Lowery, former Assistant Secretary for International Affairs at the U.S. Treasury Department; Dr. Tim Kane, Chief Economist at the Hudson Institute, Dr. Tara Rice, Chief, Global Financial Institutions, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, George Sutton, Partner, Jones Waldo Holbrook & McDonough, Professor Jeffrey Schwartz, University of Utah College of Law, Professor Steven Ramirez, Loyola University School of Law, Director Corporate Law Center, Professor Christian Johnson, University of Utah College of Law, Professor Jose Gabilondo, Florida International University School of Law, and Professor andre douglas pond cummings, Indiana Tech Law School.

The event will take place in the Sutherland Moot Court Room at the S.J. Quinney College of Law and is free and open to the public, though registration is required.

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