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Economist to explore fiscal policy at alumni gathering in Milwaukee


Diane Lim Rogers

Please join us

Alumni and friends who cannot attend the full program on October 10 are encouraged to stop by before or afterward for the reception.

An RSVP is helpful for planning purposes but not required.

For information, call 608-265-2658 or email alumni@lafollette.wisc.edu.

What’s best for the economy in the short and the long term is the subject of a presentation being given as part of a Milwaukee gathering for alumni and friends of the La Follette School.

Diane Lim Rogers, chief economist of the Concord Coalition, will present “Alternatives to the Dreaded ‘Fiscal Cliff’: Finding a Detour to a Smart Path Forward” on Wednesday, October 10, at the Milwaukee Athletic Club, 758 North Broadway.

“The evening will be a nice mix of conversation with alums and friends of La Follette, mixed with policy discussion on critical issues,” says school director Tom DeLeire.

The gathering begins at 5 p.m. with a reception featuring appetizer and cash bar. DeLeire will start the program at 6 p.m., when Rogers will speak. University of Wisconsin–Madison economists Andrew Reschovsky of the La Follette School and John Karl Scholz of the Economics Department will give their responses from a local and national perspective, respectively, at 6:30 p.m. Maureen Oster, a board member of the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, will moderate. A question-and-answer session will start at about 7 p.m., and the reception will continue after the program.

In her talk, Rogers will explore what’s best for the economy in the short term vs. longer term and how to balance the need for adequate short-term support to the economy with the need for more fiscally responsible, economically wise policies for the longer term. Rogers’ research has focused on the behavioral, distributional and macroeconomic effects of U.S. fiscal policies.

The Concord Coalition is a nationwide, non-partisan, grassroots organization advocating generationally responsible fiscal policy. As the coalition’s first chief economist, Rogers writes issue briefs, gives speeches, and provides general expertise on the economic effects of federal budget and tax policy.

Prior to joining the coalition, Rogers was chief economist for the House Budget Committee from January 2007 to April 2008, where she served Chairman John Spratt and other Democratic members of the Committee. In 2006 she was research director of the Budgeting for National Priorities project at the Brookings Institution. While at Brookings she published several opinion pieces emphasizing the importance of fiscal responsibility and a paper on “Reducing the Deficit through Better Tax Policy,” and she participated in the Concord Coalition’s “Fiscal Wake-Up Tour.”

Rogers earlier served as chief economist for the House Ways and Means Committee Democrats and was a principal economist covering tax and budget policies for the Joint Economic Committee Democrats. She was a senior staff economist with the Council of Economic Advisers during the last year of the Clinton administration and first 100 days of the Bush administration. For Clinton’s final Economic Report of the President, she drafted the sections extolling the merits of fiscal discipline.

— posted September 26, 2012