In a Complex and Uncertain World: The Shorter and Longer-Term Outlook for the U.S. Economy and Our Political System

Sponsored by the Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
5:15 pm - 6:00 pm: Reception
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm: Lecture
Paul Brest Hall, Munger Graduate Residence
Event Details

In this year's Morrison & Foerster Lecture in honor of Marshall L. Small, B.A. '49, J.D. '51, Robert E. Rubin, Co-Chairman Emeritus, Council on Foreign Relations and Former U.S. Treasury Secretary will discuss the shorter and longer-term outlook for the U.S. economy and our political system.

Anyone making decisions involving the outlook for our economy and our financial markets – investors businesses, policymakers, attorneys and others – must weigh and balance enormous uncertainties and complexities, for both the shorter and longer term, to reach the best probabilistic judgments. As part of that analysis, the U.S. has tremendous long-term strengths, but to realize our potential for growth and widespread economic well-being, we must meet many hugely consequential policy challenges. Our political system has failed to meet the great predominance of these challenges for many years. The fundamental question for our longer-term economic prospects is whether we reestablish a sufficient degree of effective and constructive government. And, even in the shorter term, conditions can be greatly affected by governmental decisions.

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