Debt Talks Episode 8 | Public Debt: How Much is Too Much?

with Rüdiger Bachmann, Claudia Sahm, Ludwig Straub; moderated by Moritz Schularick

Jun 29, 2021 | 12:00 – 13:00 Download .ics


Where are the US and Europe now and where could they be going?

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, economists, historians, sociologists, journalists and finance professionals to talk about the rise of debt, the financial system, and their economic, social, and political dimensions. Each installment features a lively panel presentation followed by Q&A.

For many, the current interest rate environment opens up possibilities to transform the economy, but how can we make sure the funds are spent wisely? What should be priorities for governments in post-pandemic age? And what limits are there to public spending even when interest rates are low?

To Be Discussed

  • Should we worry about rising public debt?
  • What “new” economic policies are possible in a low interest rate world?
  • How can public spending be used efficiently?

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  • Rüdiger Bachmann

    Stepan Family College Professor of Economics, University of Notre Dame

  • Claudia Sahm

    Founder, Sahm Consulting

    Founder, Stay-At-Home-Macro

    Former Federal Reserve economist

  • Ludwig Straub

    Assistant Professor of Economics, Harvard University

  • Moritz Schularick

    INET Fellow & Grantee, INET