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Federal Stimulus Spending and the Private Sector

Registration for this event is closed.

Date:  Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017
Time:  Reception: 6 p.m. (Light fare will be served.)
Presentation, panel discussion and Q&A: 6:30‑8 p.m.
Location: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
One Federal Reserve Bank Plaza
Broadway and Locust St.
St. Louis, Mo. 63102 (map it)

Recent calls for increased government spending, particularly on infrastructure, invite the question: Are government expenditures an effective means of stimulating private economic activity?

At this evening event, economist William Dupor will answer this question with the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, an economic stimulus package, as a backdrop. He will use historical data, case studies and recent academic research on the topic.

Dupor is an assistant vice president in Research at the St. Louis Fed. His areas of focus include fiscal policy and monetary, macro- and dynamic economics.

Economist Cletus Coughlin will give a welcome and introduction. Coughlin is a senior vice president and chief of staff to St. Louis Fed President and CEO James Bullard. He and Dupor also will participate in a Q&A session with business economist and research officer Kevin Kliesen after Dupor’s presentation.

The event is open on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required and will close Oct. 4 or as soon as all seats are filled.

Questions? Contact Karen Casbourne at or 314-444-7471.

This presentation is part of the St. Louis Fed’s evening discussion series, called Dialogue with the Fed: Beyond Today’s Financial Headlines. View previous presentations at this site.