Carleton Twin Cities Business Alumni host
Curious Economic Times. Making Sense of the Current Economy

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

As we ring in the new year, please join us for an informative and thought-provoking discussion of important questions about the economy in the United States and abroad. Our distinguished panel of Carleton alumni with diverse economic expertise and backgrounds will help us unpack these unusual economic times.

Our discussion includes these topics:

  • What will be the biggest challenges facing the United States and the international economy in 2023 and beyond?
  • Faced with the world-wide pandemic in 2020-2021, should governments and central bank policymakers have done anything different to mitigate the inevitable economic fall-out from actions taken by governments, households, and firms in response to the serious health risks of COVID-19?
  • With high inflation, dramatic rises in interest rates, and projections of further increases in 2023, it is natural to compare the current economic situation with the late 1970s and early 1980s. Digging beneath the surface, what are the similarities and differences between then and now?
  • A large share of the workforce now works from home, at least part of each week. What serious impacts, if any, will this development have on our economy?
  • What consequences on international trade and global economic growth are expected in the coming years given the worldwide increase in nationalism, the current tensions with China, Brexit, and the ongoing war in Ukraine coupled with deteriorating relations between Russia and the West?

The panel is moderated by Stephen StrandRaymond Plank Professor of Incentive Economics, Emeritus with panelists Lisa Barrow ’91Bitsy Perlman ’06, and Alex Wolman ’88.