The World Today Discussion Series engages students in dialogue in an interactive, engaging and enriching discussion format around current global issues that transcend borders. Student clubs are encouraged to share their ideas on topics and speakers that address the world news today and may include global economic and political topics as well as issues around global security, development, human rights, health, climate change and technology. Through balanced discourse, the series serves as a neutral forum to educate students on global issues while at the same time encourage debate and examination.
Will economic policy really change under President Trump? And if so, how will it affect business and investment opportunities? On Wednesday, February 8, another packed room of over 130 students from UCLA Anderson’s full-time, fully employed, executive MBA as well as MFE and PhD programs and UCLA’s MA in Economics program gathered in the Executive Dining Room for a World Today Discussion Series on “Trumponomics.” Professors and Economists Ed Leamer and Jerry Nickelsburg joined CGM faculty director, Professor Sebastian Edwards for a “Davos-style” conversation on the future of the United States and the global economy. During the 75-minute long conversation and audience question time, the speakers addressed issues surrounding tax reform and border tax adjustment, protectionism, immigration, policy towards China, future of NAFTA, and relations with Mexico. Leamer suggested that President Trump should be concerned about U.S. savings and also workforce development and that the workforce these days needs to be innovators and analytical thinkers to compete against robots and gone are the days where rote learning, memorization is sufficient. The speakers also shared their thoughts on President Trump’s abandoning of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and predictions on what would happen to the U.S. dollar and whether a strong dollar was good for the United States. The World Today Discussion Series engages students in dialogue in an interactive, engaging and enriching discussion format around current global issues that transcend borders. Through the series, the CGM engages globally minded students with issues that matter and ideas that stimulate. Through balanced discourse, the series serves as a neutral forum to educate students on global issues while at the same time encourage debate and examination.