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Economic Dignity and the Impact on America’s Economic Future: 3/10

Posted on February 24, 2020 | Filed under Archive

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Date: 3/10Time: 4:30 pm

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On March 10, Allegheny’s Bruce R. Thompson Center for Business and Economics and its Law and Policy program will welcome Gene Sperling, director of the National Economic Council under both President Obama and President Clinton, at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, in the Tippie Alumni Center Tillotson Room to discuss the principles proposed in his upcoming book, “Economic Dignity.” Sperling’s book outlines a profound big-picture vision of why the promotion of dignity should be the singular end goal by which we chart America’s economic future. “Economic Dignity” is scheduled for release on May 5.

From the publisher:

“When Gene Sperling was in charge of coordinating the shaping and execution of the US government’s economic policy in the Obama White House, he found himself surprised and dismayed when serious people in Washington worried out loud to him that the Obama focus on health care was a distraction because it was “not focused on the economy.” How, he asked, was millions of Americans’ fear that they were a single pink slip or a loved one’s serious illness away from financial ruin somehow not considered an economic issue? To him, it was just one more example of a more profound truth he witnessed in his many years in our national economic debate: that when it comes to America’s economic policy, there is too little focus on what the end goal should be.”

Gene Sperling was director of the National Economic Council under both President Obama (2011–2014) and President Clinton (1997–2001). Sperling is the author of The Pro-Growth Progressive (2005); co-author of What Works in Girls’ Education: Evidence for the World’s Best Investment (2004, 2016); founded the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution; has been a senior economic adviser on multiple presidential campaigns; and was a consultant on NBC’s The West Wing for four seasons.