The Next Recession

Date: April 18, 2019

Many policymakers were caught off guard by both the onset and the scale of the Great Recession, which helps explain the inadequate policy response to the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. EPI hosted a symposium, with support from the Groundwork Collaborative, where participants explored factors that may trigger the next recession, how we can best respond when the recession does hit, and how we can sustain that response all the way back to genuine full employment.


9:00–9:15 a.m. Welcome and opening remarks

  • Thea Lee, Economic Policy Institute

9:15–10:30 a.m. Causes and Consequences of the Next Recession

  • Moderator: Josh Bivens, Economic Policy Institute
  • Heather Boushey, Washington Center for Equitable Growth
  • Darrick Hamilton, Kirwan Institute
  • Amy Hanauer, Policy Matters Ohio
  • Angela Hanks, Groundwork Collaborative

10:30–10:45 a.m. Coffee break

10:45–11:30 a.m. Keynote address

  • Christina Romer, University of California, Berkeley

11:30–11:45 a.m. Break to collect box lunch

11:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Responding to the Next Recession

  • Moderator: Connie Razza, Center for Popular Democracy
  • Margarida Jorge, Health Care for America Now
  • Zoe Lipman, BlueGreen Alliance
  • William Spriggs, AFL-CIO
  • Naomi Walker, Economic Policy Institute

1:00–1:05 p.m. Closing remarks

  • Josh Bivens, Economic Policy Institute