Challenges of Job-Rich and Inclusive Growth

IMF Seminar

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DATE: October 8, 2014

DAY: Wednesday

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

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 3: Rising income inequality across many economies is a significant concern, not least because countries with higher inequality tend to have growth that is lower and also less durable. This panel will discuss how to promote growth that is more equally shared, and how to manage the associated tradeoffs.

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Session 1: The Imperative of robust and sustained growth
Session 2: Public debt, public investment, and growth
Concluding Session: Growth and Reform Challenges

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Challenges of Job-Rich and Inclusive Growth

Session 3: Sharing the Fruits of Growth


Moderator: Heather Boushey


Heather Boushey is Executive Director and Chief Economist at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth and a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. Her research has been published in academic journals, she writes regularly The New York Times, The Atlantic, and Democracy, and she makes frequent television appearances on Bloomberg, MSNBC, CNBC, and PBS. She previously served as an economist for the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress, the Center for Economic and Policy Research, and the Economic Policy Institute. She holds a Ph.D. from the New School for Social Research.

Nancy Birdsall


Nancy Birdsall is the founding president of the Center for Global Development's. From 1993 to 1998, she was executive vice president of the Inter-American Development Bank, where she oversaw a $30 billion public and private loan portfolio. Before that she worked 14 years in research, policy, and management positions at the World Bank, including as director of the Policy Research Department. Prior to launching the Center, she served for three years as Senior Associate and Director of the Economic Reform Project at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She is the author, co-author, or editor of more than a dozen books and many scholarly papers. Ms. Birdsall received her Ph.D. in economics from Yale University and an M.A. from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

José Antonio Ocampo

José Antonio

José Antonio Ocampo is Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. In May, he will take up an appointment as Member of the Board of Directors of the Central Bank of Colombia. Ocampo previously served as Under-Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs at the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean. In Colombia, he served as Minister of Finance and Public Credit, and Chairman of the Board of the central bank

Laura Tyson


Laura Tyson is a Professor and Director of the Institute for Business and Social Impact at the Berkeley Haas School of Business. She served as Dean of London Business School from 2002-2006 and as Dean of Berkeley-Haas from 1998-2001. Tyson was a member of the US Department of State Foreign Affairs Policy Board and a member of President Obama’s Council of Jobs and Competitiveness and the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board. She served in the Clinton Administration as the Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers (1993-1995) and as Director of the National Economic Council (1995 – 1996). She is a member of the Board of Directors of Morgan Stanley, AT&T, CBRE Group Inc. and Silver Spring Networks. She is an economic advisory board member of the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation.

Alonso Segura


Alonso Segura Vasi is Minister of Economy and Finance of Peru. He held various senior positions in the Ministry of Finance and the Peruvian banking sector, including in the Development Finance Corporation, Peru’s development bank. Mr. Segura has served in both the staff and the Board of the International Monetary Fund. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Justin Wolfers


Justin Wolfers is currently a Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and is on leave from the University of Michigan, where he is a Professor of Economics and a Professor of Public Policy. He was previously a visiting professor at Princeton, an Associate Professor at Wharton, an Assistant Professor at Stanford Graduate School of Business, and an economist with the Reserve Bank of Australia. He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University.