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  • Forum Examines the Impact of Trade Deficits
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    Trade Deficits

    Panelists talked about trade deficits and whether they are good or bad for the U.S. economy. Robert Shapiro, former under secretary of Economic Affairs at the Commerce Department during the…

  • Income Over the Last Four Decades
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    Income Over the Last Four Decades

    Rob Shapiro outlined the results of his study on Americans' incomes. He found that earnings grew steadily from the 1970s until the the 2000s, when income progress for most people stopped. He attributed the…

  • Eurozone Crisis and the US Economy
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    Eurozone Crisis and the U.S. Economy

    Robert Shapiro talked about the impact of the Eurozone crisis on the U.S. economy, and he responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. Topics included trade and banks,…

  • Federal Budget and the Economy
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    Federal Budget and the Economy

    Economists spoke about the national debt, deficit spending, and future fiscal policy. They generally agreed that President Obama’s budget was a missed opportunity in addressing the nation’s…

  • International Trade and American Jobs
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    International Trade and American Jobs

    A panel discussion was held on the impact of trade and technology on the U.S. job market. Rod Hunter moderated. Robert Shapiro talked about the impact of increased international competition…

  • emRational Exuberanceem
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    Rational Exuberance

    Mr. Mandel discussed his book, Rational Exuberance: Silencing the Enemies of Growth, published by HarperBusiness, which examines the notion that it is possible for economies to grow too…

  • Evaluation of Social Class in the US
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    Evaluation of Social Class in the U.S.

    Mr. Broder moderated this panel on the declining importance of class in the U.S. After the opening presentation by Ms. Sawhill and a response by Mr. Lipset, there was a general discussion among all the…

  • Savings and LongTerm Economic Growth
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    Savings and Long-Term Economic Growth

    Panelists discussed savings and future U.S. economic growth. They examined the role of federal budget deficits, or dissavings, and fiscal policy on long-term economic growth. They also took…

  • US Economic Challenges Second Panel
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    U.S. Economic Challenges Second Panel

    Panel members continued to discuss proposals for improving the nation’s economy in a forum on the foreign and domestic challenges to America’s economic revitalization. Panel members…