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Sunday, February 23

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM Welcome Reception
Capital Hilton

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Small Group Dinners
Area Restaurants

Monday, February 24

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM Continental Breakfast 

8:00 AM - 8:45 AM General Session: Trump Administration Official (invited)

8:45 AM - 9:30 AM A View from the CBO
Phillip Swagel, Director, Congressional Budget Office

9:30 AM - 10:20 AM Fiscal Policy Perspectives
Keith Hall, Professor of Practice, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University

10:20 AM - 10:50 AM NABE Poster Session / Networking Break   

10:50 AM - 11:50 AM Concurrent Sessions

A. The Many Versions of Medicare-for-All
Greg Poulsen, SVP Policy, Intermountain Healthcare
Moderator: Larry Kocot, Principal and National Leader of The Center for Healthcare Regulatory Insight, KPMG

B. State of State Finances
Charles Steindel, CBE, Resident Scholar, Ramapo College of NJ
Moderator: Sean Snaith, Institute for Economic Forecasting, University of Central Florida
presented by AUBER

C. Implications of Increased Industry Concentration
Huiyu Li, Senior Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
Thomas Philippon, Professor of Finance, NYU Stern School of Business

11:50 AM - 1:25 PM Paul A. Volcker Award Luncheon and Lecture

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Concurrent Sessions 

A. Regional Impacts of National Policies
Irena Asmundson, Chief Economist, California Department of Finance
Chris Christopher
, Chief Economist, New York State Division of the Budget
Frederick Treyz
, CEO & Chief Economist, Regional Economic Models, Inc.
Moderator: Brian Lewandowski, Associate Director, Business Research Division, CU Boulder Leeds School of Business

B. Economic Impacts and Financial Risks of Climate Change
Erik Ens, Senior Policy Advisor, Bank of Canada
Mekala Krishnan, Senior Fellow, McKinsey Global Institute
James Nixon, Chief European Economist, Oxford Economics
Moderator: Mine Yücel, CBE, Senior Vice President and Senior Research Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

C. The 2020 Election: Consequences for Small Businesses
Mark Mazur, Robert C. Pozen Director - Tax Policy Center; Vice President - Tax Policy, Urban Institute
Tom Sullivan, Vice President, Small Business Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Moderator: Michael Chow, Lead Data Analyst / Economist, NFIB

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM NABE Poster Session / Networking Break   

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM U.S. Outlook and Monetary Policy
Loretta Mester, President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

3:45 PM - 4:25 PM Exploring Modern Monetary Theory
Stephanie Kelton, Professor of Public Policy and Economics, Stony Brook University
Moderator: Julia Coronado, President and Founder, Macropolicy Perspectives, LLC

4:25 PM - 5:15 PM Limits of Monetary Policy in a Low Rate Environment
Takatoshi Ito, Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Offsite Reception Hosted by Shinsuke J. Sugiyama, Japanese Ambassador to the United States
At the Residence of the Japanese Ambassador

8:00 PM - 9:30 PM Get Connected Networking Happy Hour
Sidecar @ PJ Clarke's
Located across the street from the Capital Hilton

Tuesday, February 25   

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM Continental  Breakfast 

8:00 AM - 8:40 AM A View from the World Bank
David Malpass, President, World Bank Group
Moderator: Ilan Kolet, Head of Inflation and Commodities Research, Fidelity Investments

8:40 AM - 9:30 AM Is It *Still* the Economy, Stupid? 2020 Election Outlook
Charlie Cook, Founder, The Cook Political Report
Mark Zandi, Chief Economist, Moody's Analytics

9:30 AM - 10:20 AM Implications of Global Income Inequality
Jason Furman, Professor of the Practice of Economic Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Douglas Holtz-Eakin, President, American Action Forum

10:20 AM - 10:45 AM Networking Break    

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Concurrent Sessions

A. Housing Finance Reform: The Future of Fannie and Freddie
Mark Calabria, Director, Federal Housing Finance Agency
Laurie Goodman, Vice President, Housing Finance Policy, Urban Institute
Frank Nothaft, CBE, Senior Vice President, Chief Economist, CoreLogic
Edward J. Pinto
, Co-Director, American Enterprise Institute

B. Student Loan Overhang

C. Strong Dollar: Help or Harm?
David Dollar, Senior Fellow - John L. Thornton China Center, Brookings Institution
Nathan Sheets
, Chief Economist and Head of Global Macroeconomic Research, PGIM Fixed Income
Moderator: Sara Johnson, CBE, Executive Director - Global Economics, IHS Markit

11:45 AM - 1:10 PM CEO Luncheon
M. Keith Waddell, Vice Chairman and CEO, Robert Half International, Inc.

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Concurrent Sessions

A. Revised Inflation Target and Implications for Asset Managers
Anwiti Bahuguna, Senior Portfolio Manager, Columbia Threadneedle Investments
Jonathan F. Pingle, Managing Director, Head of Economics for Global Fixed Income, BlackRock
David Wolf, Portfolio Manager, Global Asset Allocation, Fidelity Investments

B. Whither Global Trade? The Future of Globalization and the Global Trading System
Robert A. Blecker, Professor of Economics, American University
Megan Cassella
, Trade Reporter, Politico
Mary E. Lovely, Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics
Moderator: Gregory Daco, Chief U.S. Economist, Oxford Economics

C. Increasing Electric Vehicle Adoption: The Intersection of Battery Technology, Charging Infrastructure, and Public Policy
Jennifer Hatch, Visiting Scholar, Boston University City Planning and Urban Affairs
Ellen Hughes-Cromwick, CBE, Senior Resident Fellow, Climate and Energy Program, Third Way
Ann Smarte, Vice President of Public Policy, ChargePoint
Moderator: Henry Kelly, Former Acting Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the US Department of Energy

2:15 PM - 2:30 PM Networking Break

2:30 PM - 3:15 PM Future of Financial Regulation
Senior Regulatory Official (Invited)

3:15 PM - 4:00 PM A View from the Federal Reserve Board of Governors
Richard H. Clarida, Vice Chairman, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

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