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In the ongoing event series, A Meeting of the Minds: Business and the Human, UChicago brings together faculty to explore how commonalities and differences in these separate spheres can lead us to a richer grasp of the economic human being.

At our most recent Meeting of the Minds event, Economics East and West, Chicago Booth professor Austan D. Goolsbee and UChicago professor Dali Yang came together to discuss the economies of the United States and Asia.

Here, we present further resources from Chicago Booth on our two speakers and on the global economy. We encourage you to explore, and we hope our events and resources inspire further insights and dialogue and help inform your perspective on global business issues.

Dali Yang
Dali Yang

Dali Yang

William Claude Reavis Professor in the Department of Political Science and the College and Senior Advisor to the President and Provost on Global Initiatives at the University of Chicago

Dali Yang is the author of numerous books and scholarly articles on the politics and political economy of China. His current projects include studies of social regulation, environmental governance, social and political trust, and state-society relations. Between 2010 and June 2016, he was the founding faculty director of the University of Chicago Center in Beijing, a university-wide initiative to promote collaboration and exchange.

What China’s Vax Trolling Adds Up to
January 28, 2021 | Politico
Dali Yang, a political science professor at the University of Chicago who’s been tracking the messaging, predicts the rhetoric will temper now that China’s seeing more outbreaks and leaders have to come up with their own inoculation strategy.

Wuhan Coronavirus Lockdown Leaves Trauma and Search for Answers One Year Later in China
January 22, 2021 | Washington Post
“The official rhetoric saying we responded almost perfectly under the leadership of Xi Jinping has made it much harder to go back and look at what happened,” said Dali Yang, a professor of political science focusing on China at the University of Chicago.

The Provocateur Driving China’s ‘Wolf Warrior’ Pack
December 7, 2020 | Financial Times
University of Chicago’s Dali Yang weighs in on Beijing’s campaign against criticism.

Austan Goolsbee
Austan D. Goolsbee

Austan D. Goolsbee

Robert P. Gwinn Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Austan D. Goolsbee serves on the Economic Advisory Panel of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He previously served in Washington as the chair 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 research fellow. He has been named one of the 100 Global Leaders for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum.

Austan D. Goolsbee on Reflation and COVID-19 Relief
February 16, 2021 | Bloomberg Markets
Former chair of the Council of Economic Advisors and Chicago Booth professor Austan D. Goolsbee speaks about reflation and the need for stimulus.

Biden and the Fed Leave 1970s Inflation Fears Behind
February 15, 2021 | New York Times
“The onus should be on anybody who says the economy is about to overheat,” said Chicago Booth’s Austan D. Goolsbee. “There have been many prominent voices saying that—that there was about to be inflation—for more than 10 years.”

Lessons from the Great Recession That Inform the Current Economic Crisis
February 11, 2021 | CNBC: Squawk Box
Austan D. Goolsbee, professor at Chicago Booth and former chair of the Council of Economic Advisors, discusses the details of President Joe Biden’s coronavirus relief bill.

The Global Economic Outlook for 2021

Many of the topics touched on by Professors Yang and Goolsbee during Economics East and West overlap with the recent Economic Outlook series hosted in January and early February by Chicago Booth. During lively conversations in three Economic Outlook events focused on the US, Asia, and EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa), Booth and UChicago economics experts surveyed the critical factors at play for the global economy. View the full event videos and explore key takeaways.

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