With increased gridlock in federal policymaking and eroding trust in experts, how can economists whose research has important policy implications work to effectively influence policy? What are key differences between economists whose findings actually do inform or influence policymakers, versus those with relevant findings that nonetheless fail to effectively enter policy debates? The AEA’s Committee on Government Relations has put together a topically diverse panel of economists, each of whom has successfully informed or advised executive- and legislative-branch government decision makers – and/or have relied on economic research to formulate policy.
Topics that panelists will address include:
- Accurately forecasting fiscal, environmental, and macroeconomics effects of the clean-energy tax credits in the Inflation Reduction Act
- Bringing economic analysis to bear in the CHIPS and Science Act’s multi-billion-dollar strategic investments in the semiconductor industry
- Using economic research to inform state and local government policies, as with the Seattle minimum wage project
- Having a policy impact via expert advisory panels such as the Advisory Committee on Data for Evidence Building
Panel members will provide their perspectives on how economists can influence policy, will provide examples of outreach, advising, use of social media, and other forms of involvement that successfully influenced policy, and will suggest the factors that make informing policy decisions most successful. In an opening statement, each will describe what an economist can successfully bring to the policy table, as well as factors that make it difficult to insert economic evidence into the policy making process. A robust Q&A and discussion period will follow.
We hope to add a 5th high-profile panelist to the lineup (to be confirmed next month).
Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach
Topic: Antipoverty Policy and the Social Safety Net
Frances C. Moore
University of California-Davis
Topic: Environmental Policy
U.S. Department of Commerce
Topic: Strategic Semiconductor Investments in the CHIPS and Science Act
University of Washington
Topic: Contributing Effectively to State and Metropolitan Economic Policy
Topic: Influencing Thinking about AI and Technology via Old and New Media