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Profs. Mayhew, Hacker, and Cooper in Conversation about the “Fiscal Cliff”

Event time: 
Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - 5:00pm through 6:00pm
Event description: 

The American Constitution Society of Yale Law School, along with the Institution of Social and Policy Studies and the Yale Law Democrats, are proud to present:

“Teetering on the Fiscal Cliff”
Profs. David Mayhew, Jacob Hacker, and Zack Cooper
Tues, Dec 4, 12:10 – 1 PM
Room 120, Yale Law School (127 Wall St)
* lunch will be served

On or around January 1, 2013, roughly $500 billion in tax increases and $200 billion in spending cuts are scheduled to take effect. The President and Congress are engaged in daily negotiations, trying to reach some compromise to avoid going over the fiscal cliff. Most analysts suggest that if we reach the fiscal cliff – an outcome that would be the result of both Congressional action (the debt ceiling compromise) and inaction (failure to reach a resolution) – our economy would slip back into recession.

What led us to this point? What are the consequences of going over the fiscal cliff? What policy options are on the table? And what are the politics of a possible deal? Join Profs. David Mayhew, Jacob Hacker, and Zack Cooper to hear their take on these important questions.

David Mayhew is Sterling Professor of Political Science at Yale University. His research concerns U.S. legislative behavior, U.S. political parties, and U.S. policymaking. He is the author of several influential books on American politics.

Jacob Hacker is the Director of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies, and Stanley B. Resor Professor of Political Science at Yale University. He is an expert on the politics of U.S. health and social policy, is the author of numerous books and scholarly articles, and is a regular media commentator and contributor to popular publications.

Zack Cooper is an Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Economics at Yale University. His work focuses on understanding the economics of health care, and he is a frequent contributor to the popular press. Professor Cooper is also a faculty associate at the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics.