Donald Marron, Jr., director of the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, will deliver a public lecture, “The Rhetoric of Economic Policy,” on Thurs., March 7, 5:30 p.m. at New York University’s Hemmerdinger Hall, Silver Center (100 Washington Square East/enter at 31 Washington Place).
The event, this year’s Irving H. Jurow Lecture in NYU’s College of Arts and Science, is free and open to the public. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited. Please call 212.992.9817 for more information. Subway Lines: 6 (Astor Place); N, R (8th Street). Reporters wishing to attend must RSVP to James Devitt, NYU’s Office of Public Affairs, at 212.998.6808 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Numbers play a central role in economic policy debates, with analysts, journalists, and policymakers considering how policy choices might affect unemployment, growth, tax burdens, deficits, and other measures of economic performance. But numbers are only part of the story—language also plays a key role in these debates. In this lecture, Marron, an expert on U.S. economic policy and federal budgeting, will explore how word choice, framing, and other rhetorical choices influence economic policy discussions.
Since joining the Urban Institute as director of the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, Marron has focused on tax reform and America’s long-run fiscal challenges. From 2002 through early 2009, he served in a series of senior government positions, including as a member of the President's Council of Economic Advisers, acting director of the Congressional Budget Office, and executive director of Congress's Joint Economic Committee. He has also taught at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute and the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business, consulted on major antitrust cases, and served as chief financial officer of a health care software start-up. He is the editor of 30-Second Economics, a short book that introduces readers to 50 of the most important theories in economics.
The Irving H. Jurow Lecture is the premier endowed annual event at NYU’s College of Arts and Science (CAS). It honors the memory of one of New York University's most distinguished and most generous alumni, Irving H. Jurow, and brings to the university community, under the auspices of the College, leading intellectual and cultural figures. For more on CAS, go to: cas.nyu.edu.