The Economy Summit

The Atlantic Summit on the Economy

April 23, 2015
Washington, D.C.

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From the implications of a debt-choking, slower Chinese economy to a Eurozone sitting on a deflationary precipice to a still over-leveraged raft of homeownership poking holes in the American dream, questions arise about the health and resilience of the US and global economies.

In a daylong deep-dive, The Atlantic's Summit on the Economy took stock of the factors that drive economic conditions at home and abroad.

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8:15 a.m. Guest Arrival and Registration

9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks

  • James Bennet, Editor in Chief and Co-President, The Atlantic

9:05 a.m. Secular Stagnation and Moving Beyond the Recovery

  • The Honorable Lawrence H. Summers, Former Secretary, U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • Interviewed by: David Leonhardt, Managing Editor, The Upshot, New York Times

9:35 a.m. Housing and The Future of Federal Assistance

  • The Honorable Julián Castro, Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Interviewed by: Matt Thompson, Deputy Editor,

9:55 a.m. Reviewing the American Dream: Private Sector Debt & The U.S. Housing Market

  • Stan Humphries, Chief Economist, Zillow
  • Susan Lund, Partner, McKinsey Global Institute
  • Sarah Rosen Wartell, President, Urban Institute
  • Moderated by: Nancy Cook, Economic & Domestic Policy Correspondent, National Journal

10:20 a.m. Fiscal Fight: How Sequestration Impacts the Economy

  • The Honorable Shaun Donovan, Director, Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President
  • The Honorable Jason Furman, Chairman, Council of Economic Advisers, Executive Office of the President
  • Moderated by: Derek Thompson, Senior Editor, The Atlantic

11:00 a.m. Coffee and Networking

11:15 a.m. Powering the Future: The Energy Economy

  • Benjamin Zycher, John G. Searle Chair, American Enterprise Institute
  • Adele Morris, Senior Fellow and Policy Director, Climate and Energy Economics Project, Brookings Institution
  • Moderated by: Megan McArdle, Columnist, Bloomberg View

11:35 a.m. Private Sector Debt: America's Blind Spot

  • Richard Vague, Chairman, Governor’s Woods Foundation
  • Interviewed by: Jonathan Allen, Chief Political Correspondent, Vox

12:00 p.m. Taxes and Wage Inequality

  • The Honorable Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), U.S. House of Representatives
  • Interviewed by: Steven Rattner, Chairman, Willett Advisors

12:25 p.m. Networking Lunch

12:50 p.m. Congress and The Economy: A View from the Senate

  • The Honorable Joe Manchin (D-WV), U.S. Senate
  • Interviewed by: Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic

1:10 p.m. Monetary Policy Then & Now: The Role of the Fed

  • The Honorable Alice Rivlin, Former Vice Chair, Federal Reserve and Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
  • Interviewed by: Edward Luce, Washington Columnist, Financial Times

1:40 p.m. Ideas Out Loud: The Upwardly Mobile Barista

  • Amanda Ripley, Author, The Smartest Kids in the World & The Atlantic’s May 2015 Cover Story

2:00 p.m. On the Clock: Striving for Full Employment

  • The Honorable Thomas Perez, Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor
  • Interviewed by: Margaret Carlson, Columnist, Bloomberg View

2:30 p.m. Building an Economic FitBit: How Can We Jumpstart American Growth

  • Tyler Cowen, Professor, George Mason University
  • The Honorable John Delaney (D-MD), Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Yves Smith, Publisher, Naked Capitalism
  • Moderated by: Edward Luce

2:55 p.m. Unspoken Forces Shaping Our Economy

  • Veronique De Rugy, Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center, George Mason University
  • Sherle Schwenninger, Director, Economic Growth Program and American Strategy Program, New America Foundation
  • Moderated by: Derek Thompson

3:30 p.m. View from the States: Building Ohio's Future

  • The Honorable John Kasich, Governor, Ohio
  • Interviewed by: Jonathan Karl, Chief White House Correspondent, ABC News

4:00 p.m. Trade, TPA and The Trans-Pacific Partnership

  • The Honorable Mike Froman, U.S. Trade Representative, Executive Office of the President
  • Interviewed by: Steve Clemons

4:25 p.m. The Budget and Bipartisanship: A View from the Senate

  • The Honorable John Hoeven (R-ND), U.S. Senate
  • Interviewed by: Steve Clemons

4:45 p.m. Closing Remarks

  • Margaret Low Smith, President, AtlanticLIVE

4:50 p.m. "It's the Economy, Stupid!" Cocktail Reception, Featuring Signature Drinks


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