POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—Paul A. Volcker, the chairman of the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board and former two-term Chairman of the Board of the U.S. Federal Reserve System, will join Vassar economics professor Robert Rebelein in a conversation about current economic issues on Tuesday, September 28, at 5:00 pm, in the second floor auditorium of the Vassar College Students’ Building. Jeffrey Goldstein, the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Under Secretary for Domestic Finance and a Vassar alumnus, will provide an introduction to the program. While the event is free and open to the public, seating is limited on a first-come, first-served basis.
About Paul A. Volcker
President Obama appointed Paul Volcker to chair the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board (PERAB), which the President established in 2009 to ensure the availability of independent, nonpartisan information, analysis, and advice. From 1979–87, Volcker served two terms as chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. He also headed a committee that was formed to determine existing dormant accounts and other assets in Swiss banks of victims of Nazi persecution from 1996–99. From 2000–05, he served as chairman of the board of trustees of the International Accounting Standards Committee to oversee a renewed effort to develop consistent, high-quality accounting standards acceptable in all countries. In 2003, he headed a private Commission on the Public Service that recommended a sweeping overhaul of the organization and personnel practices of the United States Federal Government. In April 2004, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan appointed Volcker to chair the Independent Inquiry into the United Nations Oil-for-Food Program. Following that, he was asked by the President of the World Bank to chair a panel of experts to review the operations of the Department of Institutional Integrity.
Educated at Princeton, Harvard, and the London School of Economics, Volcker is professor emeritus of international economic policy at Princeton University and was the first Henry Kaufman Visiting Professor at the Stern School of Business at NYU.
About Robert RebeleinRobert Rebelein is associate professor of economics and chair of the Economics Department at Vassar College. From June 2008 to June 2009, he served the Bush and Obama administrations as a senior economist for the Council of Economic Advisers, an agency within the Executive Office of the President. Rebelein’s primary research interest is the macroeconomic aspects of public economics, including the aggregate effects of government budget deficits, public health care policies, and social security reform. His other research interests include intergenerational wealth transfers, savings motives, and various income tax issues.
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