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The UW Now Livestream: Economic Effects of COVID-19

UW experts discuss fallout across the world economy.

Ananth Seshadri, Brad Tank, and Noah Williams

MADISON, WI (May 11, 2020) — The public policy response to the COVID-19 crisis has been massive. Governors have issued stay-at-home orders, fiscal authorities have given unprecedented support to offset forced business closures, and the Federal Reserve is entering new territory in their support of asset markets. What are the near-term consequences of these policies — and what might be the long-term unintended consequences?

The next UW Now Livestream features a panel of UW-Madison faculty and alumni experts from who will discuss the economic and financial fallout from COVID-19, as well as the massive policy response by government at all levels. The talks will be moderated by Mike Knetter, president and CEO of the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association, who is also an experienced economist and former dean of the Wisconsin School of Business.


Ananth Seshadri is a professor and the Todd E. and Elizabeth H. Warnock Distinguished Chair of the department of economics at UW–Madison. His research interests include macroeconomics, public finance, intergenerational transmission of socioeconomic status, and racial wage disparities. A consultant on the State of Wisconsin Investment Board, he also serves on the board of editors of the Journal of Economic Literature and on the executive committee for the Michigan Retirement Research Center.

Brad Tank MBA’82 is an expert on macroeconomics and monetary policy. He is the chief investment officer and managing director of Neuberger Berman, as well as the global head of the Fixed Income Multi-Sector Group. He is a member of the firm’s Operating, Investment Risk, and Asset Allocation Committees and the Investment Strategy Committee for the Fixed Income Multi-Sector Group. He brings 38 years of industry experience in a variety of executive leadership positions and mutual fund management.

Noah Williams is the Juli Plant Grainger Professor of Economics at UW–Madison and the founding director of the Center for Research on the Wisconsin Economy (CROWE). His research focuses on macroeconomics — particularly monetary policy, social insurance programs, and financial markets. He has co-authored several papers with Nobel Prize recipients Lars Peter Hansen and Thomas Sargent. A consultant to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, he is also a member of the Economic Advisors Roundtable. His research on state economies, which underlies the work of CROWE, has been supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

A recording of this livestream will be available on after the event.

Here is how you can be part of this livestream:
When: Tuesday, May 12, at 7 p.m. CDT

WFAA plans to host The UW Now Livestream weekly, featuring UW–Madison faculty and staff with unique expertise.

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