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[Hybrid] In Defense of Public Debt


Barry Eichengreen is the George C. Pardee and Helen N. Pardee Professor of Economics and Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, where he has taught since 1987. He is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (Cambridge, Massachusetts) and Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (London, England). In 1997-98 he was Senior Policy Advisor at the International Monetary Fund. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (class of 1997).


  • Recounts two millennia of public debt history, putting contemporary political concerns in context
  • Provides a balanced interpretation of public debt, emphasizing constructive aspects that are often neglected
  • Connects the present challenges of debt-management in advanced economies to those of the past, showing how economies climbed out from under mountains of debt
  • Pushes back on mainstream accounts warning of the negative consequences of public debt issuance

Location: Tower Center Boardroom, Room 227, Carr Collins Hall 

Wednesday, February 16, 2022
6:30pm - 7:30pm

Registration is required. There are 36 seats available.

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