Challenges of Job-Rich and Inclusive Growth

IMF Seminar

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DATE: October 8, 2014

DAY: Wednesday

9:15 AM - 10:45 AM

LOCATION: George Washington University, Jack Morton Auditorium

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Fostering and sustaining robust and balanced economic growth is a policy imperative across all countries in the world today. This high-level conference will bring together policy makers, experts and analysts to exchange views on the nature of the challenges and on the reforms needed to jumpstart job creation and ensure more inclusive growth.  The one-day event will discuss challenges to delivering robust and sustained growth, the role of public debt and investment, and sharing the fruits of growth. IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde will provide opening remarks. The conference will conclude with a policy panel to discuss the critical dilemmas that countries face as they seek to implement reforms to deliver job-rich and inclusive growth.

Session 1: Global growth is recovering from the Great Recession, but the outlook for job creation remains unsatisfactory. This panel will examine what reforms are needed to ignite and sustain job-rich and inclusive growth, and how to stay the course in the face of important medium- and long-term trends.

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Session 2: Public debt, public investment, and growth
Session 3: Sharing the fruits of growth
Concluding Session: Growth and Reform Challenges

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Challenges of Job-Rich and Inclusive Growth

Session 1: The Imperative of robust and sustained growth


Moderator: Adam Posen


Adam Posen is President of the Peterson Institute for International Economics. Previously, he was an external member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee. He has advised a number of governments, central banks, and global investors on economic challenges. He appears frequently on Bloomberg, CNBC, BBC, and NPR, and his commentary is published regularly in the world’s leading newspapers. He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University.

John Fernald


John Fernald has been Senior Research Advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco since 2012. Before that, he was the Bank’s Vice President of Macroeconomic Research. He has been Adjunct Professor at the University of Chicago, Economic Adviser at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and Senior Economist at the Council of Economic Advisers. He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Paul Romer


Paul Romer is Professor of Economics at New York University’s Stern School of Business and Director of its Urbanization Project. He previously taught at Stanford University, where he also started an education technology company. He is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He holds Ph.D. from the University of Chicago

Michael Spence


Michael Spence is Professor of Economics at New York University, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, and Professor Emeritus at Stanford University. He has served as Chairman of the independent Commission on Growth and Development, and as Professor of Economics and Business at Harvard University. He was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 2001. He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University

Ernesto Zedillo


Ernesto Zedillo is Director for the Study of Globalization and Professor in the Field of International Economics and Politics at Yale University. Before that, he was Chairman of the Global Development Network, and served on several prominent commissions including the Commission on Growth and Development. He was President of Mexico from 1994-2000, and before that held several ministerial portfolios. He holds a Ph.D. from Yale University.