Global Economic Crisis and Its Aftermath

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At the inaugural David and Lyn Silfen University Forum at the University of Pennsylvania, Penn President Amy Gutmann and a panel of experts explored the causes of the U.S. economic crisis, its national and global impact and strategies for intervention. The Forum was entitled “After the Fall: A World Transformed?”

Economic Stimulus Package and U.S. Economy

Donald F. Kettl, professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania,
is a nonresident senior fellow at The Brookings Institution. His most recent book is “The Next Government of the United States: Why Our Institutions Fail Us and How to Fix Them.” He has consulted broadly for government organizations at all levels in the United States and abroad and is a regular columnist for Governing magazine.
Media contact:
Jacquie Posey at 215-898-6460 or

Deregulation and Corporate Scandals in a Time of Economic Crisis

David Skeel, professor of corporate law at the University of Pennsylvania,
is author of “Icarus in the Boardroom: The Fundamental Flaws in Corporate America and Where They Came From," a book exploring historic flaws in U.S. corporate culture during the past 150 years, and “Debt’s Dominion: A History of Bankruptcy Law in America.” He is an expert in corporate and bankruptcy law, sovereign debt and law and religion.
Media contact:
Jeanne Leong at 215-573-8151 or

Reviving Global Markets: What the Future Holds

Richard Marston, professor of finance and economics at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, is director of the George Weiss Center for International Financial Research at Wharton and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. His research interests have recently centered on exchange rate pass-through and exposure, foreign exchange risk management and international asset pricing.
Media contact:
Julie McWilliams at 215-898-1422 or

East Asia and the Global Economic Crisis

Jennifer Amyx, assistant professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania, is author of “Japan’s Financial Crisis: Institutional Rigidity and Reluctant Change.” She has served as an international affairs fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, worked in Tokyo on projects commissioned by Japan's Ministry of Finance and by the ASEAN+3 Finance Ministers and worked in the U.S. Treasury Department’s East Asia Division. She studies the political economy of East Asia, with an emphasis on the politics of financial regulation and reform in Japan and on regional financial cooperation initiatives in East Asia since the 1997-98 Asian financial crisis.
Media contact:
Jacquie Posey at 215-898-6460 or

Comparing the Current U.S. Recession With the Great Depression

Harold Cole, professor of economics at the University of Pennsylvania,
has served as senior economist and director of the Institute for Empirical Macroeconomics at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, consultant to the World Bank and the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia and visiting scholar at the International Monetary Fund. He studies macroeconomics and international finance, the Great Depression, incomplete markets and risk sharing, sovereign default and the interaction of social institutions and economic decisions.
Media contact:
Jacquie Posey at 215-898-6460 or