Commonwealth National Podcast

John Williams and John Taylor: Bank of America/Merrill Lynch Walter E. Hoadley Annual Economic Forecast

John Williams, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, San Francisco Federal Reserve John Taylor, Ph.D., Mary and Robert Raymond Professor of Economics and George P. Shultz Senior Fellow in Economics, Stanford University’s Hoover Institution; Former Economic Advisor to Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush, and George W. Bush Edward Wasserman, Ph.D., Dean, U.C. Berkeley Journalism School; Former Executive Business Editor, Miami Herald; Ph.D., London School of Economics—Moderator This event is underwritten by Bank of America/Merrill Lynch. The stock market's plummeting, oil prices continue to sink, and China's currency has followed its financial markets south. What does all of this mean for your business, your investments, and the greater economy? With an unpredictable presidential election on the horizon and likely continued congressional gridlock, as well as external threats to the United States from terrorism, will the U.S. economy continue to improve? Don’t miss a lively discussion featuring a rare appearance by one of the U.S. government’s top economists and a veteran presidential advisor, who will give their takes on where the U.S. and global economies are headed and what should be done to keep them on track. Dr. Williams’ research focuses include monetary policy under conditions of uncertainty, business cycles, innovation, and productivity. Prior to his work with the Federal Reserve, he served as senior economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisers and as a lecturer at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.He holds a Ph.D. in economics at Stanford University, a Master’s of Science from the London School of Economics, and an A.B. from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Taylor's fields of expertise are monetary policy, fiscal policy, and international economics. He served as a member of the Congressional Budget Office's Panel of Economic Advisers and as a Treasury undersecretary for international affairs, in which he was responsible for currency markets, international development, oversight of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, and for coordinating policy with the G-7 and G-20. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University and a BA in economics from Princeton University.