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Understanding the Great Recession

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Date:  Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015
5:30-8 p.m. (A reception and dinner
will precede the presentation.)
Memphis Branch of the
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
200 N. Main St.
Memphis, Tenn. 38103

St. Louis Fed economist Fernando Martin will discuss the Great Recession and its aftermath in this lecture, part of the St. Louis Fed's discussion series for the public called Dialogue with the Fed: Beyond Today's Financial Headlines (or, when aimed at a Spanish-speaking audience, as this one is, Diálogo con la Fed: Mas Allá de las Noticias Financieras de Hoy). Martin will discuss the key facts of this recession, which lasted from 2007 until 2009 and is widely considered the worst recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s. He will compare this period to previous recessions and to similar episodes in other countries. Martin will also look at what's happened to the economy in the six years since the recession officially ended. Were there clear winners and losers? Why has the recovery been so slow? What role did fiscal and monetary policies play during the recovery?

Also speaking at this presentation will be Mauricio Calvo, executive director of Latino Memphis, an assistance and advocacy organization. He will also join Martin for the audience Q&A. Both will welcome questions and comments from the audience in English and Spanish; the program itself will be presented in English.

This event is being hosted by Douglas Scarboro, regional executive of the Memphis Branch of the St. Louis Fed. The event is open on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. Registration will close Oct. 29 or as soon as all seats are filled. 

For more information, contact Joann Harris at the Memphis Branch at 901-531-5101 or at