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“Why Economics and Politics Collide” with Alan Blinder

09/17/2018 @ 17:30 - 20:00

In this special co-hosted event with FIASI and the Gabelli Center for Global Security at Fordham University (Lincoln Center Campus), leading economist and political expert, Dr. Alan Blinder, will discuss the clash of economics and politics through the words of his new book, Advice and Dissent: Why America Suffers When Economics and Politics Collide.

American economic policy and politicians historically have had complications connecting on their viewpoints. The cultural divide separates these two forums, which the country is awaiting to be unified and run efficiently. Both to a fault, politicians are concerned with winning elections and keeping their counterparts satisfied, while economists provide their calculated standpoint, leaving our nation in a world full of disconnect. Blinder will discuss ways to bridge the gap between these two parties to encourage unity among the leaders of our nation.

Dr. Alan Blinder is the Gordon S. Rentschler Memorial Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University, where he has been teaching since 1971. He is also vice chairman of the Promontory Interfinancial Network and a regular columnist for the Wall Street Journal.

Previously, Blinder served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System from June 1994 until January 1996. Before becoming a member of the Board, Blinder served as a member of President Clinton’s original Council of Economic Advisers from January 1993 until June 1994. There he was in charge of the administration’s macroeconomic forecasting and also worked intensively on budget, international trade, and health care issues. During the 2000, 2004, and 2016 presidential campaigns, he was an economic advisor to Al Gore, John Kerry, and Hillary Clinton, and he continues to advise numerous members of Congress and officeholders. He was the founder and director of Princeton’s Center for Economic Policy Studies from 1989 to 2011. Dr. Blinder was previously President of the Eastern Economic Association and Vice President of the American Economic Association.

He has been elected a Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association, and a member of the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Academy of Political and Social Science. He also served briefly as Deputy Assistant Director of the Congressional Budget Office, and testifies frequently before Congress on a wide variety of public policy issues. He is a member of the board of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the Economic Club of New York, the Bretton Woods Committee, and the Bellagio Group, and a former governor of the American Stock Exchange. Dr. Blinder also serves on academic advisory panels for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the Hamilton Project, the Center for America Progress, and the Washington Center for Equitable Growth.

Dr. Blinder is the author or co-author of 20 books and has written scores of scholarly articles on such topics as fiscal policy, central banking, offshoring, and the distribution of income. He frequently speaks to financial and other audiences and appears on PBS, CNBC, CNN, and Bloomberg TV.

Dr. Blinder earned his AB at Princeton University, MSc at London School of Economics, and PhD at Massachusetts Institute of Technology—all in economics. Dr. Blinder and his wife, Madeline, live in Princeton, NJ.

*Please note: Members of NY-AIR will receive a copy of his book, Advice and Dissent: Why America Suffers When Economics and Politics Collide, on a first come, first serve basis.

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