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Livestream: Stephanie Kelton on "The Deficit Myth: Modern Monetary Theory and the Birth of the People's Economy"

4:15-4:59pm check-in; 5:00pm sharp to 6:00pm livestream of Stephanie Kelton in conversation with Sarah Kaplan

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Speaker Series

The Deficit Myth Book Cover
Date: Tuesday June 23, 2020 | 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Speaker(s): Stephanie Kelton, Professor of Economics and Public Policy, State University of New York at Stony Brook; Bloomberg Contributing Columnist; Founder New Economic Perspectives blog; Author

In Conversation With: Sarah Kaplan, Director and Professor - Institute for Gender and the Economy, Distinguished Professor of Gender and the Economy and Professor of Strategic Management, Rotman; Senior Fellow – Mack Institute for Innovation Management, Wharton; Best-Selling Author
Topic: "The Deficit Myth: Modern Monetary Theory and the Birth of the People's Economy" (by Stephanie Kelton for Public Affairs Books, June 9, 2020)

On June 16, Rotman Events will email registrants the link to the page where you can watch the livestream of the talk on June 23 from 5:00pm sharp to 6:00pm.

Location: Online
Cost: $34.65 plus HST per person (includes 1 unsigned hardcover copy of "The Deficit Myth" and the link to the livestream of the talk)
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Book Mailings: Starting June 9, Rotman Events will ship unsigned hardcover copies of The Deficit Myth to all customers via Canada Post.

Book Synopsis: In this book the leading thinker and most visible public advocate of modern monetary theory - the freshest and most important idea about economics in decades - delivers a radically different, bold, new understanding for how to build a just and prosperous society. Any ambitious proposal - ranging from fixing crumbling infrastructure to Medicare for all or preventing the coming climate apocalypse - inevitably sparks questions: how can we afford it? How can we pay for it? Stephanie Kelton points out how misguided those questions really are by using the bold ideas of modern monetary theory (MMT), a fundamentally different approach to using our resources to maximize our potential as a society.

We've been thinking about government spending in the wrong ways, Kelton argues, on both sides of the political aisle. Everything that both liberal/progressives and conservatives believe about deficits and the role of money and government spending in the economy is wrong, especially the fear that deficits will endanger long-term prosperity. Through illuminating insights about government debt, deficits, inflation, taxes, the financial system, and financial constraints on the federal budget, Kelton dramatically changes our understanding of how to best deal with important issues ranging from poverty and inequality to creating jobs and building infrastructure. Rather than asking the self-defeating question of how to pay for the crucial improvements our society needs, Kelton guides us to ask: which deficits actually matter? What is the best way to balance the risk of inflation against the benefits of a society that is more broadly prosperous, safer, cleaner, and secure? With its important new ways of understanding money, taxes, and the critical role of deficit spending, MMT busts myths that prevent us from taking action because we can't get beyond the question of how to pay for it.

About Our Speakers:

Stephanie Kelton, Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and Bloomberg Contributing Columnist, has been called a "prophetic economist" and a "Rock Star" of progressive economics. Stephanie is the Founder of the top-rated economic blog New Economic Perspectives, and a member of the TopWonks network of the nation's best thinkers. In 2016, Politico recognized her as one of the fifty people across the country most influencing the political debate. Kelton was Chief Economist on the U.S. Senate Budget Committee (minority staff) and an advisor to the Bernie2016 presidential campaign. Kelton is a regular commentator on national radio and television and speaks across the world at large gatherings of people interested in global finance, political economy and public policy. She has superb connections in all areas of print and broadcast national media. Her op-eds have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times and Bloomberg.

Sarah Kaplan is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Gender and the Economy at Rotman and a Distinguished Professor of Gender and the Economy and Professor of Strategic Management here. Her work as Director of the Institute for Gender and the Economy, otherwise known as GATE, has been covered in the news and internationally published. Sarah has been working intensely with the federal government on tackling the gender wage gap in Canada. Before coming to Rotman, Sarah was a professor at Wharton and a consultant and innovation specialist for nearly a decade at McKinsey & Company in New York. She completed her doctoral research at the Sloan School of Management at MIT. She has a BA with honors in Political Science from UCLA and an MA in International Relations and International Economics with distinction from the School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. Sarah is a co-author of the bestselling business book, Creative Destruction: Why Companies That Are Built to Last Underperform the Market--And How to Successfully Transform Them, as well as Survive and Thrive: Winning Against Strategic Threats to Your Business. Her new book The 360° Corporation: From Stakeholder Trade-offs to Transformation was published in September 2019 by Stanford Business Books.

Questions:, Daniel Ellul, (416) 978-6119 

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