Archive for March, 2021

Webinar: Economic Growth During Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout

Friday, March 26th, 2021

Wednesday, April 7, 2021, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m

This seminar is free.  Pre-registration is required. Register in advance at this zoom link. Maximum capacity is 100 participants.

Panelists:

Dr. Jeff Werling, Director of Macroeconomic Analysis, Congressional Budget Office

Dr. Wendy Edelberg, Director, The Hamilton Project, Brookings Institution

During the year from March 2020 until March 2021 over thirty million cases and 540 thousand deaths occurred in the United States from the covid-19 pandemic and 122 million cases and 2,690 deaths occurred worldwide. It was the worst health crisis since the influenza pandemic of 1918.

The economic devastation has been severe. Total U.S. nonfarm employment fell by 20.5 million to the low point in April 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic could result in net losses in the range of $3.2 trillion to $4.8 trillion in U.S. real gross domestic product (GDP) over the course of two years, according to estimates from a new University of Southern California study. 

Vaccines for Covid-19 give hope that the world can return to normal. Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech developed mRNA vaccines. Johnson & Johnson, the third vaccine in the U.S., was approved for emergency use in February 2021.

Our panelists will present perspectives on these issues, followed by Q&A and discussion.

Dr. Jeff Werling is Director of Macroeconomic Analysis at the Congressional Budget Office. Prior to that position Dr. Werling was President of the Interindustry Economic Research Fund Inc.  Werling received a Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Maryland in 1992.

Dr. Wendy Edelberg is Director of the Hamilton Project at the Brooking Institution and Senior Fellow in Economic Studies.  Prior to that appointment Dr. Edelberg was Chief Economist at the Congressional Budget Office. Edelberg received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago.

Webinar: Economic Growth During Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout

2022 SGE@ASSA Sessions in Boston
Call for Papers

Monday, March 15th, 2021

Thank you to all for your submissions. Acceptances were sent out in early July, 2021.

The Society of Government Economists organizes 7 sessions at the ASSA Annual meetings. This Call for Papers invites members wishing to give papers or organize complete sessions for SGE@ASSA meetings to submit proposals electronically via the Society of Government Economists’ website from March 15 to May 14, 2021.

The 2022 ASSA Annual meeting will be held in Boston, MA on January 7-9, 2022 (Friday – Sunday).

This call for papers and sessions is open to all individuals. Applicants need not be government economists. Submissions are competitively selected by the SGE@ASSA Committee, chaired by Wendy Li.

2022 SGE@ASSA Sessions in Boston
Call for Papers

March 12th at noon

Sunday, March 7th, 2021

Consumption and Living Standards

Friday Virtual Seminar Series
March 12, 2021
12 noon to 1:15 pm
ET

This seminar is free.  Pre-registration is required. Register in advance at this Zoom link. Maximum capacity is 100 participants.

This session features two research papers on consumption and living standards. The first paper examines how living standards vary across the U.S. and discusses how each state’s welfare has evolved overtime. The second paper looks at the impact of oil booms on income inequality in the U.S. It examines both oil price variation and quantity booms from oil discoveries and discusses measures of state-level income inequality.

ChairMisty L. Heggeness (US Census Bureau)

A Comparison of Living Standards Across the United States of America
Elena Falcettoni  (Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System) and Vegard M. Nygaard (University of Houston)

Natural Resources and Inequality: Evidence from the United States
Loujaina Abdelwahed (Cooper Union) and Richard Campbell (University of Illinois at Chicago)

DiscussantsThesia Garner (Bureau of Labor Statistics); Kalee Burns (US Census Bureau)