Inaugural Center for Economics & Public Policy lecture addresses problems and potential solutions for the country's economy

What policy decisions have contributed to the U.S.’s budget woes? In light of the current weakened state of the U.S. economy, do any realistic, viable resolutions exist? In his upcoming talk, Alan Auerbach, director of the UC Berkeley Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance and former Deputy Chief of Staff of the U.S. Joint Committee on Taxation, will discuss potential solutions in the form of tax and entitlement program reforms. The discussion comes on the heels of the expected 12-member Congressional panel’s November 23 recommendations on how to cut more than $1.2 trillion from the U.S. budget, and is the inaugural lecture of the new UCI Center for Economics & Public Policy, directed by economist David Neumark.

“Understanding and Resolving the U.S. Fiscal Problem”
with Alan Auerbach, Robert D. Burch Professor of Economics and Law and Director of the Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance, UC Berkeley

November 30, 2011
7:00 p.m.
UCI Student Center, Pacific Ballroom C (bldg 113 on campus map)

About the speaker:
Alan J. Auerbach is the Robert D. Burch Professor of Economics and Law, director of the Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance, and former chair of the economics department at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and previously taught at Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania, where he also served as the economics department chair. Auerbach was Deputy Chief of Staff of the U.S. Joint Committee on Taxation in 1992 and has been a consultant to several government agencies and institutions in the United States and abroad. A former vice president of the American Economic Association, he was editor of the association’s Journal of Economic Perspectives and is now editor of its new American Economic Journal: Economic Policy. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Econometric Society.  His research focuses on domestic and international tax policy, fiscal policy and demographic change, and inequality and tax policy.

This event is sponsored by the UC Irvine Center for Economics & Public Policy and School of Social Sciences.

Please RSVP to Sandy Cushman, or 949-824-3344. To learn more about the UCI Center for Economics & Public Policy, please contact the center’s director, David Neumark,, or visit or

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