In an age of mounting deficits and debt, changing demographics and rapid technological change, an open and transparent conversation on market and non-market policy responses is critical. To that end, Casey Mulligan, the former chief economist of the White House Council of Advisers, discussed his newest book, “You're Hired! Untold Successes and Failures of a Populist President.”
The book chronicles Mulligan’s experiences in the White House, and how President Trump responded to economic challenges and the demands imposed by issues including Obamacare, the opioid epidemic, tariffs and foreign policy. Mulligan also highlights the dichotomy between Trump and his supporters on one side and Washington insiders accustomed to running and reporting on the federal government on the other. Given the uncertainty about the economic challenges facing the United States and the world, Mulligan’s look at the successes and failures of both sides, and the lessons we can draw, is timely and important.
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4:00 p.m. — Presentation
4:30 p.m. — Q&A
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Casey B. Mulligan, Ph.D., is a professor of economics at the University of Chicago and has been a visiting professor at Harvard University, Clemson University and the Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies. He served as chief economist of the White House Council of Economic Advisers during 2018 and 2019. His research covers capital and labor taxation, the gender wage gap, health economics, regulation, social security, voting and the economics of aging. His most recent book is “You’re Hired! Untold Successes and Failures of a Populist President,” and he has also authored “Side Effects and Complications: The Economic Consequences of Health-Care Reform,” “The Redistribution Recession: How Labor Market Distortions Contracted the Economy” and “Parental Priorities and Economic Inequality.” In 2019, Mulligan co-authored “Chicago Price Theory,” an authoritative textbook based on a renowned economics course taught at the University of Chicago. Additionally, he has written numerous op-eds for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post and the Chicago Tribune. Mulligan has received awards and fellowships from the Manhattan Institute, Wolfram Research, the National Tax Association, the Fraser Institute for Public Policy and other foundations supporting economic research. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago in 1993.
John Diamond, Ph.D.
Edward A. and Hermena Hancock Kelly Fellow in Public Finance;
Director, Center for Public Finance, Baker Institute