Budget, Debt, and Deficits

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Willem H. Buiter
Willem H. Buiter

Adjunct Senior Fellow

  • United States
    What Happens When the U.S. Hits Its Debt Ceiling?
    U.S. lawmakers have increasingly used the debt ceiling to re-litigate congressional spending, risking default and sparking debate over whether to abolish the ceiling.
  • United States
    The U.S. Has Every Reason It Needs to Drop the Debt Ceiling—Both at Home and Abroad
    For other countries that scramble to find resources to repay their debts, it is inconceivable that the United States, which borrows in its own currency at low rates from investors around the world—voluntarily chooses not to pay.
  • Economics
    Robert B. Menschel Economics Symposium: Economic Decision-Making During Times of Uncertainty
    Inflation, the possibility of a recession, concerns in the banking industry, and implications of geopolitical conflicts, among other factors, contribute to a growing sense of economic insecurity. The 2023 Robert B. Menschel Economics Symposium discusses economic decision-making and how individuals, corporations, and governments weigh risks during times of economic instability. A full symposium agenda is available here. KEYNOTE SPEAKER Robert E. Rubin, Author, The Yellow Pad: Making Better Decisions in an Uncertain World; Chairman Emeritus, Council on Foreign Relations; Former U.S. Treasury Secretary (1995–99) The Robert B. Menschel Economics Symposium, presented by the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies, generates critical thinking about the consequences of herd mentality behavior in global economics. This symposium was established in 2014 and was made possible through a generous endowment gift from Robert B. Menschel while a senior director at Goldman Sachs. Since Menschel’s death in 2022, the symposium continues in his honor and memory.