Fixing what’s broken: The Pandemic Economy

THU, MAR 18, 2021 (1:13:19)

As we inch closer to the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel and passage of “The American Rescue Plan,” President’s Biden’s $1.9 trillion Covid relief package and first big legislative win, where does the economy stand? Which groups and sectors have been most affected by the Covid economy and what will be the impact of this newest Congressional measure? How long will “recovery” take, and what will a post-pandemic economy and the future of work look like? Join us as we dive deeper into these questions, the answers to which impact all of us but in very different ways.

This event continues a new spring series, Examining the First 100 Days of the Biden Administration, focusing on the most important developments in the early days of the Biden Administration. Guest speakers over the semester examine the ability of the 46th President and his team to affect change in some of the most vital policy areas that impact all of us.

Presented by the Suffolk University Department of Political Science & Legal Studies, in collaboration with the Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University and hosted by GBH’s Forum Network.


Read Eduardo’s “How the American Unemployment System Failed,” here.

Review Kathryn’s article, “Unemployment Insurance and the Failure to Reform.

More from Jed in his article, “The Jobs the Pandemic May Devastate.

Learn about how the pandemic economy could wipe out a generation of Black-owned businesses, here.

+ BIO: Eduardo Porter

Eduardo Porter is an economics reporter for The New York Times.

Porter was born in Phoenix and grew up in the United States, Mexico, and Belgium. He is an economics reporter for The New York Times, where he was a member of the editorial board from 2007 to 2012 and the Economic Scene columnist from 2012 to 2018. He began his career in journalism as a financial reporter for Notimex, a Mexican news agency, in Mexico City. He was a correspondent in Tokyo and London, and in 1996 moved to São Paulo, Brazil, as editor of América Economía, a business magazine.

In 2000, he went to work at The Wall Street Journal in Los Angeles to cover the growing Hispanic population. He is the author of The Price of Everything (2011), an exploration of the cost-benefit analyses that underpin human behaviors and institutions. He lives in Brooklyn.

+ BIO: Lydia DePillis

Lydia DePillis has been a ProPublica reporter since 2019. Before that, she covered national economics issues for CNN Business, Texas’ economy for the Houston Chronicle, labor and the workplace for The Washington Post, and the business, culture and politics of the technology industry for The New Republic. DePillis was also previously a real estate columnist for the Washington City Paper, where she authored its award-winning Housing Complex blog. Her work has appeared in the New York Observer, Pacific Standard, Slate and various trade publications. She is from Seattle, and is based in New York.

+ BIO: Kathryn Anne Edwards

Kathryn Anne Edwards (she/her) is an economist at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her research spans diverse areas of public policy, including unemployment insurance (UI); the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education pipeline and labor market; women’s labor supply; the challenges in retirement facing older Americans; and labor market issues for workers without a college degree. She has worked on projects for the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe program and the recovery efforts in Puerto Rico, as well as on research grants funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Insitute of Aging.

+ BIO: Jed Kolko

Jed Kolko is the Chief Economist at Indeed, the world’s largest online jobs site.

Previously he worked as Chief Economist and VP of Analytics at Trulia, the online real estate site. He is also a board member at the California Budget and Policy Center and the National Association for Business Economics, as well as a Senior Fellow at the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at the University of California at Berkeley.

Ford Hall Forum
No. 46: Examining the First 100 Days of the Biden Administration