Election 2012: Policy Perspectives -- Jobs, Debt and the U.S. Economy

A key mission of the Baker Institute is to bridge the gap between the world of ideas and the world of action. The "Election 2012: Policy Perspectives" series seeks to do that by providing a nonpartisan forum for discussion and debate of the key issues in this year"s U.S. presidential race.

"Election 2012: Policy Perspectives" includes events, policy reports and social media campaigns that connect Baker Institute experts with the public on timely, relevant topics -- such as jobs, the economy and health care.

The United States is facing a fiscal and economic crisis, which the next administration must navigate. At this event, Baker Institute fellows will examine the potential economic effects of various policy options, including tax and spending reform, available to the next presidential administration. In addition, the discussion will consider the stimulus vs. austerity debate in light of other countries' economic experiences. A moderated question-and-answer session will follow the presentations.

Speaker John Diamond
John W. Diamond, Ph.D., is the Edward A. and Hermena Hancock Kelly Fellow in Public Finance at the Baker Institute, an adjunct professor of economics at Rice University and CEO of Tax Policy Advisers, LLC. His research interests are federal tax and expenditure policy, state and local public finance, and ...

John W. Diamond, Ph.D., is the Edward A. and Hermena Hancock Kelly Fellow in Public Finance at the Baker Institute, an adjunct professor of economics at Rice University and CEO of Tax Policy Advisers, LLC. His research interests are federal tax and expenditure policy, state and local public finance, and the construction and simulation of computable general equilibrium models. His current research focuses on the economic effects of corporate tax reform, the economic and distributional effects of fundamental tax reform, individual portfolio allocation in the 2000s, and various other tax policy issues. He is co-editor of “Fundamental Tax Reform: Issues, Choices and Implications” (The MIT Press, 2008). Diamond is the forum editor for the National Tax Journal and has served on the Joint Committee on Taxation, United States Congress (2000-2004). He has also served as a consultant on the efficacy of structural adjustment programs to the World Bank. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Rice University in 2000.

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Speaker Russell A. Green
Russell A. Green, Ph.D., is the Will Clayton Fellow in International Economics at Rice University’s Baker Institute. He is also an adjunct professor in the Economics Department, where he teaches undergraduate international finance. Green’s current research focuses on financial market development in emerging market economies, financial inclusion and Indian developmental ...

Russell A. Green, Ph.D., is the Will Clayton Fellow in International Economics at Rice University’s Baker Institute. He is also an adjunct professor in the Economics Department, where he teaches undergraduate international finance. Green’s current research focuses on financial market development in emerging market economies, financial inclusion and Indian developmental challenges. His writing regularly appears in op-ed pages of prominent American and Indian newspapers.


Prior to joining the Baker Institute, Green spent four years in India as the U.S. Treasury Department’s first financial attaché to that country. His engagement in India primarily focused on financial market development, India’s macroeconomy and illicit finance, and also included diverse topics such as cross-border tax evasion and financing global climate change activities. He worked with counterparts in India’s government to develop the U.S.-India Economic and Financial Partnership, launched in 2009 by Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.


Green was previously the deputy director of the U.S. Treasury’s Office of International Monetary Policy, where he led efforts to strengthen International Monetary Fund exchange rate policies and international reserve management. He started his tenure at Treasury in the Office of Quantitative Policy Analysis, focusing on emerging market vulnerabilities and debt sustainability analysis. His economic research has addressed bank regulation, financial liberalization, international reserve accumulation, bilateral investment treaties and the economics of international reproductive health. Green speaks Spanish and Japanese and holds a B.A. from Pomona College and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

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When?

Mon, Oct. 8, 2012
6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
(GMT-0500) America/Chicago

Where?

James A. Baker III Hall, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston, Texas 77005

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