Listen: Economists Mark Kuperberg and Kevin Hassett '84 Face Off on Economic Inequality

Earlier this semester, the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) at Swarthmore presented the "Debate of the Century," featuring Professor of Economics Mark Kuperberg and Economist Kevin Hassett '84 tackling the issue of economic inequality. 

Kevin Hassett is the State Farm James Q. Wilson Chair in American Politics and Culture at AEI where he specializes on tax, energy, and budgetary issues, fiscal policy, and stock market. Before working with AEI, he was a senior economist at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and an associate professor of economics and finance at the Graduate School of Business of Columbia University. He was also the chief economic advisor to the presidential campaigns of former President George W. Bush, Sen. John McCain, and Governor Mitt Romney. After graduating from Swarthmore with Honors in economics, he earned his Ph.D at the University of Pennsylvania. He frequently writes for many publications such as the National Review, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.

Professor of Economics Mark Kuperberg, who joined Swarthmore's faculty in 1977, teaches popular courses on macroeconomics. His areas of interest include macroeconomics, public finance, and law and economics. After receiving his B.A. from Amherst, he earned his Ph.D in Economics at MIT. His lecture for TEDx Swarthmore is titled "The Case for Big Government: The Case Americans Don't Want to Hear."

The College's only thinktank-sponsored policy group on campus, AEI at Swarthmore works with the AEI to bring speakers on relevant policy issues to Swarthmore in an effort to broaden intellectual diversity, enhance the quality of policy discourse, and promote the motto, "Competition of ideas is fundamental to a free society."