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Jason Furman

Chairman, Council of Economic Advisers (2013–2017); Principal Deputy Director, National Economic Council and Assistant to President Barack Obama (2009–2013)

President Barack Obama’s chief economist Jason Furman helped guide the United States through a tumultuous period of recession, unemployment and instability. He offers an incisive insider’s exploration of the geoeconomic outlook, business trends and the future of globalism. 

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  • The Economic Impacts of Automation and Artificial Intelligence

  • Global Economic Outlook: What’s Next?

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    Drawing on his role as the chief economist for the President of the United States during a time of tumultuous change, Jason Furman outlines the geopolitical and economic trends and developments every organization needs to know. As instability, migration and security concerns continue and trade agreements and treaties between nations face a tenuous new era, Furman offers experienced counsel to businesses concerned about their place in the global environment.


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  • Bridging the Gap of Inequality: Populism and Where to Go From Here

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    Headline growth has been good, but much of the public still sees an economy that’s  generated subpar income gains for decades. What’s behind this disconnect? Fueled by years of experience working closely with President Obama on economic policy, Jason Furman explains how increasing inequality and declining participation in the workforce have aligned with a rise of political populism to affect public sentiment. With technology increasingly rewarding those with skills and threatening the wages—and in some cases the jobs—of those without, many Americans are struggling with record levels of inequality. In this discussion, Furman offers insight into this dynamic—and where you should look to see progress.


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  • The Coming Fiscal Changes and What They Mean for You

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    Major fiscal changes are in the offing for 2017, including potential tax reforms, investments in infrastructure and other significant changes. As one of the main architects of President Obama’s Framework for Business Tax Reform, Jason Furman offers businesses and organizations expert insights into the economic effects and political prospects for tax reform, infrastructure, and what all of this will mean for the budget deficit and the long-run sustainability of the economy. From labor markets and financial reform to the business prospects for a transformed U.S. economic policy, this conversation can be customized to suit the specific needs of your audience.


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  • Repeal and Replace? How Your Organization Can Prepare for Health-Care Reform

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    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) remained at the forefront of the U.S. legislative and political conversation for the duration of President Obama’s two terms in office. A leader in the development and negotiation of the ACA, Jason Furman answers the question on everyone’s mind as the Trump Administration moves forward with plans for repeal and a commitment to eventual replacement: What will these changes mean for me? At the same time, health-care delivery systems nationwide are undergoing major changes as providers are increasingly being paid for value and savings, not just for duplicative care, contributing to a dramatic slowdown in health spending. In this timely and important discussion, Furman provides experienced analysis on the future of health-care reform and the economic implications of repeal.


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  • Automation, Artificial Intelligence, and the Future of the American Workforce

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    There is a lively debate happening in technology company boardrooms, the hallways of Capitol Hill, and with generations of employees themselves: Will advances in automation and artificial intelligence (AI) soon render human labor unnecessary? Jason Furman believes that AI holds enormous promise for the future of the U.S. economy. In order to fulfill that promise, he argues, companies must identify and share best practices and government must put the right policies in place. Furman can not only discuss the technologies that could transform the workforce, he can also provide transparency about the various data points behind the AI reality.


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