Liberal, Libertarian Economists to Debate Merits of Stimulus Package Oct. 5

Upcoming event of interest to Vermont Libertarians…

Liberal, Libertarian Economists to Debate Merits of Stimulus Package

Start: 10/05/2009 – 4:00pm

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Was the $787 billion federal stimulus package an enlightened act of government intervention that averted economic catastrophe or a colossal waste of taxpayer money that has done more harm than good?

That provocative question will be the subject of the latest installment in UVM’s Janus Forum, a popular debate series now in its second year that matches prominent thinkers with opposing views on important social issues.

The debate, titled “$787 Billion: Stimulus or Sedative,” will take place Monday, Oct. 5 at 4 p.m. in the Davis Center’s Grand Maple Ballroom. The approximately 60-minute debate, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by a 30-minute question-and-answer period.

Arguing for the benefits of the stimulus will be Justin Wolfers, associate professor of business and public policy at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Arguing against will be Jeffrey Miron, senior lecturer and director of undergraduate studies at Harvard University and a senior fellow at the Cato Institute.

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