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The Peter G. Peterson Foundation Economic Forum brings together thought leaders shaping the future of our nation for in-depth conversations on America’s most pressing issues.

America’s Fiscal and Economic Outlook: Where Do We Go from Here?

With our economy in recovery, our debt rising unsustainably, and our nation still grappling with a devastating pandemic, America faces many critical questions for its future. Where do we go from here?

To help illuminate and improve the understanding of this critical moment, the Peterson Foundation has convened twelve leading experts with diverse views from across the political spectrum to share their views on the answer to this fundamental question. As we launched this new resource, two of the initiative’s authors joined us to share their creative and thoughtful solutions to help guide citizens and policymakers through this uniquely challenging time. A summary of their discussion is available here.





America's Fiscal and Economic Outlook: Where Do We Go From Here?

November 10th, 2021 | 11am - 12pm


Featuring a discussion with:

William Gale

Arjay and Frances Fearing Miller Chair in Federal Economic Policy

Brookings Institution and co-director, Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center


Sita Slavov

Professor of Public Policy

Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University


Moderated by:

Michael A. Peterson

Chairman & CEO

Peter G. Peterson Foundation



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Past Events

Restoring Our Economy Post-Pandemic — Session I

A Conversation With CBO Director Phillip Swagel

Phillip Swagel, Director, Congressional Budget Office

The Peter G. Peterson Foundation Economic Forum’s series Restoring Our Economy Post-Pandemic launched with Foundation CEO Michael Peterson in a conversation with Swagel about CBO’s approach in assessing a complex fiscal and economic landscape, including the organization’s analysis of the CARES Act and other legislative responses to the crisis.

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Restoring Our Economy Post-Pandemic — Session II

The U.S. Healthcare System: Preparedness, Response and Future Trends

Michelle A. Williams, Dean of the Faculty, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Harvey V. Fineberg, President, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

COVID-19 is a pandemic that has exposed a range of shortcomings that exist in the U.S. healthcare sector, from a lack of preparedness, to limited supplies, to inequities in impact and access. At the same time, as we have confronted and adjusted to the situation, certain opportunities to improve the performance of our healthcare system have been revealed.

The second session in the Peter G. Peterson Foundation Economic Forum’s series Restoring Our Economy Post-Pandemic explored the U.S. healthcare system’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and what we have learned from this crisis to help us improve delivery in the future. Where did we lack preparedness? What are the structural and systemic failures that create disparities and health inequities among different groups of Americans? Can learnings from our response help better prepare our nation for the next pandemic, and also have lasting benefits?

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Restoring Our Economy Post-Pandemic — Session III

The U.S. Economy, Policy Options and the 2020 Election

Lanhee J. Chen, David and Diane Steffy Fellow in American Public Policy Studies, Hoover Institution

Austan D. Goolsbee, Robert P. Gwinn Professor of Economics, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

The third session in the Peter G. Peterson Foundation Economic Forum’s series Restoring Our Economy Post-Pandemic Pandemic analyzed the unprecedented effects that this crisis has had on our economy, against the backdrop of the 2020 election. As policymakers and candidates debate proposals to help the nation recover from a severe health and economic crisis, this bipartisan conversation assessed how Washington has handled the crisis thus far – and what more needs to be done to address our mounting fiscal and economic challenges. What are the key indicators and milestones that reveal not only the extent of the damage, but also where the recovery is taking hold? What policy proposals are being put forward by the campaigns to address the still uncertain landscape?

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About the Peter G. Peterson Foundation Economic Forum

The Peter G. Peterson Foundation Economic Forum brings together thought leaders shaping the future of our nation for in-depth conversations on America’s most pressing issues. The Forum provides a substantive, non-partisan platform for discussions that inform and enhance public understanding of key fiscal and economic policy topics, illuminating solutions to help build a brighter future for the next generation.