Reassessing US Competitiveness


October 7, 2015, 12:00 AM EDT
Peterson Institute for International Economics, Washington, DC
Lindsay Oldenski (PIIE), Gary Clyde Hufbauer (PIIE), Jared Bernstein (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities) and Thea Lee (AFL-CIO)

Event Summary

PIIE Senior Fellows Lindsay Oldenski and Gary Clyde Hufbauer discussed their perspectives on corporate competitiveness at an event at the Peterson Institute on October 7, 2015. Oldenski shared insights from her latest Policy Brief, Reshoring by US Firms: What do the Data Say? and Hufbauer presented his new Working Paper, The OECD's ‘Action Plan’ to Raise Taxes on Multinational Corporations. Jared Bernstein, senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and Thea Lee, deputy chief of staff at the AFL-CIO, participated as discussants.

Oldenski, nonresident senior fellow at the Institute since December 2013, is assistant professor of international economics at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. Prior to joining the Georgetown faculty, Oldenski taught at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and California State University, San Marcos. She has also worked as an economist at the US Department of Treasury, an analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and a consultant in the biotech industry.

Hufbauer, the Institute's Reginald Jones Senior Fellow since 1992, was the Maurice Greenberg Chair and director of studies at the Council on Foreign Relations from 1996 to 1998, the Marcus Wallenberg Professor of International Finance Diplomacy at Georgetown University from 1985 to 1992, and deputy director of the International Law Institute at Georgetown University from 1979 to 1981.

Bernstein joined the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in May 2011 as a senior fellow. From 2009 to 2011, Bernstein was the chief economist and economic adviser to Vice President Joe Biden, executive director of the White House Task Force on the Middle Class, and a member of President Barack Obama's economic team. Prior to joining the Obama administration, Bernstein was a senior economist and the director of the Living Standards Program at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington Between 1995 and 1996, he held the post of deputy chief economist at the US Department of Labor.

Event Materials

Presentations: Lindsay Oldenski [pdf] | Gary Clyde Hufbauer [pdf] | Jared Bernstein [pdf]