The Economic Challenge: Fiscal, Monetary, and Financial Sustainability, Entrepreneurship and the Common Good

December 5-6, 2011

A consultation organized by The Program in Ethics, Culture, and Economic Development of the Witherspoon Institute and cosponsored by The Keller Center For Innovation in Engineering Education at Princeton University.

This consultation brings together distinguished academics, public intellectuals, and business practitioners for an in-depth analysis of the American economy, its present problems, and future direction. Too often, discussions of the economy are narrowly focused on specific features of economic life or conducted at a very general and abstract level of political and economic theory. Missing is a perspective that can help us to think more productively about the overall economy in concrete and practical ways.

The consultation consists of round-table discussion of papers prepared in advance by some of the experts attending the meeting. A memorandum titled “The Economic Challenge,” prepared by Rutgers economist Michael Bordo and Princeton economic historian Harold James, provides a reference framework for the paper topics and discussion.

Rosanne Altshuler
Professor of Economics, Rutgers University

Ryan Anderson
Editor, The Public Discourse

Michael Bordo
Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Monetary and Financial History, Rutgers University

Forrest Capie
Professor Emeritus of Economic History, Cass Business School

James A. Dorn
Professor of Economics, Towson University; Editor of the Cato Journal

William E. English
Research Fellow, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University

Sean Fieler
Managing Partner, Equinox Partners

Adam Garfinkle
Editor, The American Interest

Robert P. George
McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Princeton University

Steve Gjerstad
Presidential Fellow Professor, Chapman University

Earl L. Grinols
Distinguished Professor of Economics, Baylor University

Gregory Hess
James G. Boswell Professor of Economics, Claremont McKenna College

Harold James
Professor of History, and International Affairs, Princeton University

Jerry L. Jordan
Past President, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland; Adjunct Scholar, Cato Institute

Matthew Kaminski
Editorial Board, The Wall Street Journal

Anne Krueger
Professor of International Economics, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University

Sanjeev Kulkarni
Professor of Electrical Engineering, Princeton University

Allan Meltzer
University Professor of Political Economy, Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business

Ramesh Ponnuru
Senior Editor, National Review

William Poole
Former President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; Senior Fellow,Cato Institute

Angela Redish
Professor of Economics, University of British Columbia

Hugh Rockoff
Professor of Economic History, Rutgers University

Thomas Romer
Professor of Politics and Public Affairs, Director of Research Program in Political Economy, Princeton University

Scott Sumner
Professor of Economics, Bentley University

James Stoner, Jr.
Professor of Political Science, Louisiana State University

Luis Tellez
President, The Witherspoon Institute

Arthur Waldron
Lauder Professor of International Relations, University of Pennsylvania

Eugene N. White
Professor of Economics, Rutgers University