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Federal Stimulus Spending and the Private Sector

Registration for this event is closed.

Date:  Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017
Time:  5:30-8 p.m.
Location: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
Memphis Branch
200 N. Main St.
Memphis, Tenn. 38103 (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 dinner 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.

The event is 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).

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.

Also speaking will be Mauricio Calvo, executive director of Latino Memphis, an assistance and advocacy organization. Both Dupor and Calvo will welcome questions and comments from the audience in English and Spanish; the program itself will be presented in English. Calvo will moderate a discussion by a panel of city leaders.

Douglas Scarboro, senior vice president and regional executive of the Memphis Branch of the St. Louis Fed, will host the event, which is open on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required and will close Oct. 2 or as soon as all seats are filled.

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

5:30 p.m.
Registration and complimentary dinner
6:00 p.m. Welcome—Douglas Scarboro
6:15 p.m. Presentation—William Dupor Q&A
7:00 p.m.
Panel discussion with city leaders. Moderator—Mauricio Calvo