Baker Center Program Features Longtime National Economic Adviser

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KNOXVILLE — Douglas Holtz-Eakin, who has served as an economic adviser for Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush and presidential candidate John McCain, will visit the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, on April 7 to discuss some of the most critical issues facing the nation, including the budget, health care, education, and energy and the environment.

Sponsored by the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy and the Department of Economics, Holtz-Eakin’s talk — titled “Policy Challenges Facing the U.S.: Navigating the Future” — begins at 7 p.m. in the Baker Center’s Toyota Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Holtz-Eakin was the sixth director of the Congressio¬≠nal Budget Office, the chief analytical arm and impartial arbiter of the costs associated with new legislation. He served for 18 months as chief economist for the President’s Council of Economic Advisers under George W. Bush and for two years as senior staff economist for President George H. W. Bush’s Council of Economic Advisers. Holtz-Eakin also served as director of domestic and economic policy for the McCain presidential campaign.

Holtz-Eakin also has recently been senior fellow at the Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics, the director of the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies and the Paul A. Volcker Chair in International Economics at the Council on Foreign Relations.

He has held academic appointments at Columbia and Princeton Universities and was Trustee Professor of Economics at the Maxwell School, Syracuse University.

He has advised several state governments and was principal investigator for several research initiatives funded by federal government agencies.

In 2006, Holtz-Eakin was the recipient of the Morris and Edna Zale Award for Outstanding Achievement in Policy Research and Public Service.

Holtz-Eakin is now president of the American Action Forum (http://www.americanactionforum.org), a new think tank that “seeks to promote common-sense, innovative, and solutions-based policies that will reform government, challenge out-dated assumptions, and create a smaller, smarter government that will serve its citizens better.”

In the blog The Hill, John Feehery said the American Action Forum is “one of the few places in Washington that the left and the right can have a grown-up discussion about the future.”

C O N T A C T :

Amy Blakely (865-974-5034, amy.blakely@tennessee.edu)

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