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At Economic Outlook 2021 in Chicago, a panel of Booth experts discussed some of the most talked-about issues facing the global economy today, including  the COVID-19 pandemic, past and potential economic stimuli, trade with China, and expected changes under the incoming Biden administration, among other issues.

Our lineup of speakers included Austan D. Goolsbee, Randall S. Kroszner, and Raghuram G. Rajan, all professors at Booth as well as globally renowned economists. They shared their expert insights on what’s been an exceptionally challenging year for employers and employees alike, and gave their predictions for what lies ahead in a time of great uncertainty.

Read top takeaways and watch the video


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Austan D. Goolsbee

Robert P. Gwinn Professor of Economics

Austan D. Goolsbee previously served in Washington as the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers and a member of President Obama’s cabinet. His research has earned him recognition as a Fulbright Scholar and an Alfred P. Sloan fellow. He has been named one of the 100 Global Leaders for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum. 

Austan D. Goolsbee
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Randall S. Kroszner

Deputy Dean for Executive Programs and Norman R. Bobins Professor of Economics

Randall S. Kroszner served as a governor of the Federal Reserve System from 2006 until 2009. He chaired the committee on Supervision and Regulation of Banking Institutions and the committee on Consumer and Community Affairs. He took a leading role in developing responses to the financial crisis and in undertaking new initiatives to improve consumer protection and disclosure.

Randall S. Kroszner
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Raghuram G. Rajan

Katherine Dusak Miller Distinguished Service Professor of Finance

Raghuram G. Rajan was the 23rd governor of the Reserve Bank of India from September 2013 to September 2016. Between 2003 and 2006, he was the chief economist and director of research at the International Monetary Fund. Rajan’s research interests are in banking, corporate finance, and economic development, especially the role played by finance.

Raghuram G. Rajan