STANFORD, Calif., Feb. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Economists from around the globe will gather on Friday, March 3, 2006 to review and analyze three of the top economic issues of the year at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) Economic Summit. The day-long event will conclude with a speech given by Martin Feldstein. C.M. Capital Corporation, Heidrick & Struggles and The Carlyle Group are sponsoring the event. John Shoven, SIEPR director will welcome the audience and giving the opening remarks will be Secretary of the Treasury John Snow. On the same stage will be James Poterba, Professor of Economics at MIT and member of the President's Tax Advisory Panel and Joel Slemrod, Professor of Economics at the University of Michigan and director of the Office of Tax Policy Research at the National Bureau of Economic Research. John Shoven, tax expert and entitlement programs expert will moderate the panel on Tax Reform -- how it would work and why it's needed. The Honorable George Shultz will moderate the following panel on Energy and Natural Resources. The panel will feature Senator Jeff Bingaman, the ranking member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee; James Sweeney, professor of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University and a Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research and the Hoover Institution. Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, will give the luncheon talk. Immediately following there will be a panel on Economic Relations with China moderated by China expert and deputy director of the Stanford Center for International Development, Nick Hope. Hope held numerous positions in Asia with World Bank. Also joining the panel will be Lip Bu Tan, Chairman and founder of Walden International and Stephen Roach, Chief Economist and Director of Global Economic Analysis for Morgan Stanley. The plenary sessions will conclude with a talk given by Steven Levitt, Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago and author of Freakonomics. Shoven hopes this event will eventually become the premier economic conference in the U.S. "Our goal is to bring together some of the most important economic minds of our time. For 25 years SIEPR faculty have worked on real issues that effect our every day lives; by bringing together the corporate community along with policymakers and academics we hope to achieve important insights to the topics we discuss." During the afternoon, four Critical Issue session topics will be debated and discussed by experts. The Economics of Disaster Preparedness, Nanotechnology, Policy for the Next Chairman of the Federal Reserve and Meeting California's Ambitious Greenhouse Gas Targets will be discussed by the experts. Panelists include members of Congress, public leaders, the California Environmental Protection Agency and many others. Topping off the day's events will be a keynote address from Martin Feldstein, Professor of Economics at Harvard University and President, National Bureau of Economic Research. The Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) is an economic policy research organization and is non-partisan in political orientation. SIEPR scholars conduct studies on important economic policy issues in the United States and other countries. SIEPR's goal is to inform and advise policy makers and the public and to guide their decisions with sound policy analysis. In the course of their research, SIEPR faculty train, educate, and support Ph.D. students as future economic policy analysts. For more information about the SIEPR Economic Summit contact Michelle Mosman 650-725-1872.
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