Debt, Deficits, and Entitlements: Should We Worry?

Department of Economics Frank C. Pierson Lecture

Dean Baker '81

Panelists Dean Baker '81 (left) and Eugene Steuerle discuss the future of our economy in a debate moderated by Michael Meeropol '64.

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Panelists  Dean Baker '81, Center for Economic Policy Research, and Eugene Steuerle, The Urban Institute, discuss the future of our economy in a debate moderated by Michael Meeropol '64.

Baker '81 is co-director of the Center for Economic Policy Research in Washington, DC. A leading critic of austerity policies, he has been an advisor to the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress and the OECD's Trade Union Advisory Council. Baker has authored numerous books and articles including Social Security the Phony Crisis and The End of Loser Liberalism. He is a frequent contributor to the media and writes a blog, Beat the Press.

Meeropol '64 is professor emeritus at Western New England University and is currently Visiting Professor of Economics and Interdisciplinary Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He is the author of Surrender, How the Clinton Administration Completed the Reagan Revolution. In addition to his writings on economics, he has co-authored with his brother Robert, We Are Your Sons, the Legacy of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg and has edited The Rosenberg Letters, A Complete Prison Correspondence of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.

Eugene Steuerle is Richard B. Fisher chair and Institute Fellow at the Urban Institute. He has held numerous high level positions including Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Tax Analysis in the Reagan administration and President of the National Tax Association. He has written numerous books and articles including Tax policy and Entitlements, including Reforming Social Security for the 21st Century and Contemporary US Tax Policy. He writes a blog The Government We Deserve.

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