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Online – Bradley Distinguished Lecture Series: Disruption’s Wake: The Wall and The Bridge

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Recent decades have continued to witness gains for the American economy from openness to trade, new ideas, and technological advance. As they have since the Industrial Revolution, these gains reflect the upside of disruption and change. Contemporary politics and economic policymaking have generally addressed disruption either with a call for laissez-faire acceptance of its upside or calls to erect walls against change because of its downside consequences. Gone missing in this inquiry by both economists and policymakers is a focus on adaptation to structural change — that is, building bridges for more individuals to the potential gains from disruption as opposed to walls to guard against change and openness to it. That this change in emphasis is needed is obvious from the surprising rise of recent populism in the United States and other industrial economies.  But the underlying issue is deeper — the need for a new journey toward economic refocus on structural change to safeguard the potential for the economy — for us — to retain its benefits. Dr. Hubbard will share his analysis insights on this important topic.

Dr. R. Glenn Hubbard is the Dean Emeritus and Director of the Jerome A. Chazen Institute for Global Business, Russell L. Carson Professor of Finance and Economics at Columbia Business School, and Professor of Economics (Arts & Science) Columbia University. He has served as deputy assistant secretary for tax policy at the U.S. Treasury Department and chairman of the U.S. Council of Economic Advisers under President George W. Bush.

In the corporate sector, Dr. Hubbard is Chairman of the Board of MetLife, a director of ADP and BlackRock Fixed Income Funds. He is also co-chair of the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation, is a past Chair of the Economic Club of New York, and a past co-chair of the Study Group on Corporate Boards. He is the co-author of several books including The Aid Trap: Hard Truths About Ending Poverty; Balance: The Economics of Great Powers from Ancient Rome to Modern  America; and Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise: Five Steps to a Better Health Care System. Dr. Hubbard’s commentaries appear often in Business Week, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Washington Post, Nikkei, and the Daily Yomiuri, as well as on television and radio.

Dr. Hubbard received his BA and BS degrees summa cum laude from the University of Central Florida, where he received the National Society of Professional Engineers Award. He also holds AM and PhD degrees in economics from Harvard University. Dr. Hubbard has been a visiting professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Business School, as well as the University of Chicago, and he has held the John M. Olin Fellowship at the National Bureau of Economic Research.


Please contact Debbie Roy for more information.


Wednesday, October 21, 2020
9:00 am - 10:00 am