Debt Talks Episode 4 | Do We Need a Debt Jubilee?

moderated by Moritz Schularick with Sebnem Kalemli-Ozcan, Astra Taylor and Richard Vague

Nov 17, 2020 | 12:00 – 13:00 Download .ics

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What is the current situation in private indebtedness in the U.S.? Recent ideas suggest that excessive levels of debt are an obstacle to a quick recovery and sustained economic growth.

Debt Talks is an INET webinar series that brings together diverse voices to discuss one of the most pressing economic issue of our times: the surge in indebtedness. We host prominent thinkers, policy-makers, and scholars from different backgrounds and countries to present and debate their views. Each installment features a lively panel presentation followed by Q&A. INET Fellow Moritz Schularick moderates the events.

The world economy entered the COVID-19 pandemic with record debt levels. Since the global financial crisis, private and public debts have grown to more than $250 trillion, about three times global GDP. With the current crisis, global debt will surge even further. This has deep implications for the way our economies, societies, and politics work. In this series we explore what’s driving this increase in debt, and is indebtedness still manageable, or do we need a debt jubilee? Can households and companies cope with the overhang of debt? And what are the implications for growth, equity, and financial stability?

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  • Sebnem Kalemli-Ozcan

    Professor of Economics, University of Maryland, College Park

  • Astra Taylor

    Documentary Filmmaker

  • Richard Vague

    Acting Secretary of Banking and Securities, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

    Chair, The Governor's Woods Foundation

  • Moritz Schularick

    Professor of Economics, University of Bonn

    Research Department, Federal Reserve Bank of New York