Stimulus Smackdown

A Debate Between

Michele Boldrin, Joseph Gibson Hoyt Distinguished Professor in Arts & Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis


J. Bradford DeLong, Professor of Economics, U.C Berkeley

March 4, 2009

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

University Club Lounge

Moderated by Gregory Clark, Professor and Chair, Department of Economics, University of California, Davis

With questions from an expert panel of UC Davis economists and audience Q&A.

About the Speakers:

Michele Boldrin is Joseph Gibson Hoyt Distinguished Professor in Arts & Sciences and Chair of the Department of Economics at Washington University in St. Louis. He has written on economic growth, business cycles, asset pricing, the welfare system, innovation theory and technological progress, search theory, the labor market, intellectual property, fertility, and international trade. He was one of the signatories of the recent full-page ad against using government spending as a tool to improve economic performance that was placed in the New York Times and other major newspapers by the Cato Institute’s Fiscal Reality Center (

J. Bradford DeLong is a professor of economics at the University of California, Berkeley, chair of its political economy major, and was in the Clinton administration as a deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Treasury. His work extends from business cycle dynamics through economic growth, behavioral finance, political economy, economic history, international finance to the history of economic thought and other topics. He has been a vocal proponent of the economic stimulus package, both on his widely read blog Grasping Reality with Both Hands ( and in other media outlets.

Sponsored by the Department of Economics and the Institute of Governmental Affairs, University of California, Davis

Made possible by generous support from the Levine Family Foundation

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