Baker Institute’s ‘Election 2012: Policy Perspectives’ zeroes in on US economy Oct. 8

Experts Diamond, Green to discuss jobs, debt and taxes

Experts at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy will discuss the potential economic effects of various policy options, including tax and spending reform, available to the next presidential administration at the institute’s second “Election 2012: Policy Perspectives” series event 6 p.m. Oct. 8. A moderated talk and questions from the audience will follow the presentation, which is free and open to the public.

Panelists are John Diamond, the Edward A. and Hermena Hancock Kelly Fellow in Public Finance, and Russell Green, the Will Clayton Fellow in International Economics, at the Baker Institute. Steven Miller, chairman and president of SLM Discovery Ventures Inc. and former president, chairman and CEO of Shell Oil Company, will serve as moderator. Edward Djerejian, the Baker Institute’s founding director, will provide the introduction.

The event, “Election 2012: Policy Perspectives – Jobs, Debt and the U.S. Economy,” will be in Baker Hall’s Doré Commons.

A key mission of the Baker Institute is to bridge the gap between the world of ideas and the world of action. The “Election 2012: Policy Perspectives” series seeks to do that by providing a nonpartisan forum for discussion and debate of the key issues in this year’s U.S. presidential race.

“Election 2012: Policy Perspectives” includes events, policy reports and social media campaigns that connect Baker Institute experts with the public on timely, relevant topics, such as jobs, the economy and health care.

A live webcast of the event will be available at

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