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  • Debate #1 - The GOP Tax Reform Bill Will Improve Our Outlook For Growth

    Will the new Republican tax plan ignite animal spirits that drive the American economy into a prosperous future? Or is the bill all smoke and mirrors, destined to cause long-term problems for workers and business alike?

  • Debate #2 - Deregulation Is Driving the Booming Economy

    From trade policy to environmental protections to net neutrality rules, the Trump administration has made its position clear: government regulation is bad for business. But which regulatory measures are really on the chopping block? And how will dere

  • Debate #3 - The Stock Market Is Too High

    The booming stock market was a hallmark of the 2017 economy. But will this upturn last in 2018? Or should Americans start planning for an economic fallout in the months ahead?

  • Due Credit

    Who deserves credit for the 2017 economic upturn? Former advisers to President Obama and President Trump debate.

  • History Lesson

    Simon Johnson, a former chief economist to the International Monetary Fund, recalls the 2008 financial crisis in discussing the current state of the stock market.

  • Net Neutrality

    Will the rollback of net neutrality rules benefit the American economy? Stephen Moore and Simon Johnson debate.

  • The Trump Mystery

    The Financial Times’ Gillian Tett compares the Trump administration to an Agatha Christie novel and argues that coverage of the president’s tweets overshadows pressing economic news.

  • Top 5 Economic Threats in 2018

    The American economy is booming. Stock markets are up. Unemployment numbers are down. And consumer confidence is soaring. What could go wrong? According to the five highly esteemed economic thinkers who recently took to the Intelligence Squared U.S.

Debate Details

By most accounts, the American economy is booming — manufacturing is at a 13-year high, unemployment is at a 16-year low, and both the stock market and consumer confidence are soaring. But just what is driving this upturn? And can Americans trust that current economic conditions will hold up in the months ahead? In our season premiere, five esteemed economic thinkers debate the state of the American economy, from tax cuts to trade policy.

Closing in on the Trump administration’s first year, we’ll ask: Is deregulation driving the booming economy? Can the Republican tax bill spur economic growth? And is the stock market too high?   

The Debaters

Jason Furman

Jason Furman

Fmr. Chairman, Council of Economic Advisers & Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute

Jason Furman joined the Peterson Institute for International Economics as a nonresident senior fellow in 2017 following his tenure as the 28th chair... Read More

Simon Johnson

Fmr. Chief Economist, International Monetary Fund

Simon Johnson, former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, is the Ronald A. Kurtz Professor of Entrepreneurship at the MIT Sloan... Read More

Stephen Moore

Senior Fellow, The Heritage Foundation & Fmr. Economic Advisor, Donald Trump

Stephen Moore is a prominent free-market economist and senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation, where he works to advance public policies that increase... Read More

Dambisa Moyo

Dambisa Moyo

Global Economist & Best-Selling Author

Dambisa Moyo is a global economist and author who analyzes the macroeconomy and international affairs. She advises companies, corporate boards, CEOs... Read More

Gillian Tett

Gillian Tett

U.S. Managing Editor, Financial Times

Gillian Tett is an award-winning journalist, bestselling author, and the U.S. managing editor of the Financial Times, where she oversees global coverage... Read More

John Donvan

Host and Moderator

John Donvan is the host of Intelligence Squared U.S., moderating our debates since 2008. An author, speaker and journalist, John has reported for... Read More

Where Do You Stand?

Will the GOP Tax Reform Bill Improve Our Outlook For Growth?

Will the new Republican tax plan ignite animal spirits that drive the American economy into a prosperous future? Or is the bill all smoke and mirrors, destined to cause long-term problems for workers and business alike? 

Is Deregulation Driving the Booming Economy?

From trade policy to environmental protections to net neutrality rules, the Trump administration has made its position clear: government regulation is bad for business. But which regulatory measures are really on the chopping block? And how will deregulation initiatives impact the nation’s long-term economic health? 

Is the Stock Market Too High?

The booming stock market was a hallmark of the 2017 economy. But will this upturn last in 2018? Or should Americans start planning for an economic fallout in the months ahead? 

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Will the GOP Tax Reform Bill Improve Our Outlook For Growth?

Winner: No

Yes: -15%

No: +15%

Is Deregulation Driving the Booming Economy?

Winner: No

Yes: -11%

No: +11%

Is the Stock Market Too High?

Winner: Yes

Yes: +15%

No: -15%

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