Penn Arts and Sciences

2012-13 Theme

2012-13: All Events (with video links)

IN A SERIES OF EVENTS BEGINNING WITH the collapse of the mortgage market in 2007, the world faced the most severe economic crisis since the Great Depression. From Athens to Tokyo, from Washington to London, from Beijing to Johannesburg, the teetering economy has destabilized governments, hindered growth, and raised fundamental questions about the relationship of economics, public policy, individual freedom, and social responsibility.

Even as the repercussions of the crisis ease, critical questions remain: Should governments adopt austerity programs or stimulate growth through greater public spending? Should the financial sector be more strictly regulated? What are the societal impacts of growing income inequality? How does the current economic crisis compare with past panics and macroeconomic transformations?  Penn SSPF has devoted its inaugural year to exploring these questions.

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