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20. April 2015


The Role of Trade in Addressing Major Economic Challenges


20. April 2015
5.00 pm to 6.15 pm


Schumpeter Hall
Mohrenstr. 58
10117 Berlin


Jason Furman Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, Chief Economist of Barack Obama / the White House of the United States of America

The talk will focus on both old and new theories of benefits of trade for growth and middle-class incomes, with a particular focus on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP). It will also address the role of trade in helping to tackle a number of other broader challenges including climate change, global poverty and global imbalances.

Jason Furman was confirmed by the Senate on August 1, 2013 as the 28th Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers. In this role, he serves as President Obama’s Chief Economist and a Member of the Cabinet. Furman has served the President since the beginning of the Administration, previously holding the position of Principal Deputy Director of the National Economic Council and Assistant to the President. Immediately prior to the Administration, Furman was Economic Policy Director for the President’s campaign in 2008 and a member of the Presidential Transition Team.

Furman held a variety of posts in public policy and research before his work with President Obama. In public policy, Furman worked at both the Council of Economic Advisers and National Economic Council during the Clinton Administration and also at the World Bank. In research, Furman was a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and also has served in visiting positions at various universities, including NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Policy. Furman has conducted research in a wide range of areas, such as fiscal policy, tax policy, health economics, Social Security, and domestic and international macroeconomics. In addition to numerous articles in scholarly journals and periodicals, Furman is the editor of two books on economic policy. Furman holds a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.

Moderator: Prof. Marcel Fratzscher, Ph.D.

You are invited to attend. Please confirm attendance by email at until Friday, April 17, 2015.  Please feel free to forward the invitation to interested parties.