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FRIDAY SEMINAR SERIES | The U.S. Presidential election, taxes, and the possibilities for prosperity



Start Date

6 May 2016 1:00 pm

End Date

6 May 2016 2:00 pm

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An Institute for the Study of Social Change and School of Social Sciences seminar

presented by

Professor Neil H. Buchanan, Faculty of Law, George Washington University

The Obama era in the United States has been defined by unprecedented fiscal austerity in the face of ongoing economic weakness. Although the U.S. has been less extreme than Europe in this regard, economic growth and employment have been significantly hampered by politicians' obsessive belief that the public debt is too high. The next president will have an opportunity to make a significant break from those policies. Some candidates are proposing tax cuts that would increase both economic inequality and the public& debt, while doing nothing to improve economic performance. Others propose more promising strategies to return the U.S. to some semblance of widespread prosperity.

In this lecture, Professor Neil H. Buchanan will describe the various fiscal policy proposals that the leading presidential candidates have offered thus far, assess the likely effectiveness and unintended consequences of those policies, and analyse the impact that these policies will have on countries elsewhere in the world.

Neil H. Buchanan

Neil H. Buchanan is Professor of Law at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He is both a legal scholar and an economist, having earned a J.D. at the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. from Harvard University. He teaches tax policy and tax law, and his research focuses on the economic effects of fiscal deficits and public debt, the importance of public retirement programs, and the intergenerational implications of the federal government's spending and taxing decisions.

Friday 6 May 2016

1.00pm to 2.00pm

Law 132 Seminar Room, Faculty of Law Building, Sandy Bay Campus

All welcome! For more information or directions to the venue, please contact Dr Louise Grimmer, Community Engagement Manager.

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