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Date and Location

April 28, 2023
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET
B-503 (m-rcbg Conference Room)


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​​Join M-RCBG Senior Fellows, Reza Baqir, former central bank governor of Pakistan, and Aparna Mathur, former Senior Economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisers for a discussion of how two countries dealt with the COVID-19 crisis. The discussion will unpack how Pakistan was able to come together across its different internal factions to provide a timely and effective economic and health response to the Covid crisis. Unlike nearly all countries in the world Pakistan reduced its public debt and deficits during Covid while generating a quick economic recovery.  Similarly, what was the US response and how did Congress come together to pass more than $2 trillion in relief programs for households and small businesses? The discussion will also bring out what lessons handling of the Covid crisis may hold for the handling the current economic challenges faced by Pakistan and the US.

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Speakers and Presenters

​Reza Baqir, former central bank governor of Pakistan

Aparna Mathur, Senior Economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisers