UCLA Anderson Forecast and UCLA Anderson Fink Center for Finance Presents
December 2021 Economic Outlook


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December 8, 2021

8:30 – 11:00 a.m. (Pacific Time)

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Rising Debt & Financial Markets


The COVID recession of 2020 induced governments to enact historically large support packages funded by debt. Now as economies around the world work their way back to full employment, the support packages are gone, but new deficit spending has been proposed. How does this ballooning of government debt in the United States and around the world affect the outlook for economies for the balance of the decade? Three world-renowned experts on debt will discuss the issues as a companion to the rollout of the latest post-Delta surge economic outlook at the December quarterly conference.



8:30 - 8:40 a.m.
Welcome & Opening Remarks
Jerry Nickelsburg, Director, UCLA Anderson Forecast; Adjunct Professor of Economics, UCLA Anderson School of Management
8:40 - 9:45 a.m.
UCLA Anderson Forecast for the Nation and California
Jerry Nickelsburg, Director, UCLA Anderson Forecast
Leo Feler, Senior Economist, UCLA Anderson Forecast
William Yu, Economist, UCLA Anderson Forecast
Leila Bengali, Economist, UCLA Anderson Forecast
9:45 - 9:55 a.m. Q&A with the Forecast Team
9:55 - 10:05 a.m. Break
10:05 - 11:00 a.m.
Debt and Financial Markets
Sebastian Edwards, Henry Ford II Professor of International Economics, UCLA Anderson School
Larry Kotlikoff, Professor of Economics, Boston University
Edward Leamer, Professor Emeritus, UCLA Anderson School
Closing Remarks
Jerry Nickelsburg, Director, UCLA Anderson Forecast