Reopening America: A Discussion with Dr. Robert J. Shapiro, Former Undersecretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs

States across the country have started to re-open aspects of the economy in a delicate balance between promoting public health and limiting the continuing damage done by global lockdowns. What’s the right approach? Are some states jumping the gun? How will their decisions impact their neighbors? And what will the impact be on the 2020 Census effort?
Signal Group Communications Practice Chair John Procter spoke with Dr. Robert J. Shapiro, an advisor to U.S. presidents, prime ministers, and leaders of some of the world’s largest companies, about determining the right way to bring our economy back online with COVID-19 still very much with us.

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Our Part 1 discussion began in a conversation with Stephen Moore, advisor and Member of President Trump’s Economic Task Force with Signal’s Mark Duffy.
Robert J. Shapiro, the founder and chairman of Sonecon, brings broad knowledge and experience in economics and politics based on his decades of conducting analysis and providing advice to U.S. presidents, senators, representatives and governors, as well as foreign leaders and senior executives at numerous Fortune 50 and Fortune 100 companies. His views are known and respected in the United States and around the world, and he has developed numerous policies that have affected investment, taxation, regulation, trade and government spending here and abroad.
Dr. Shapiro served in the Clinton Administration as Under Secretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs, where he directed economic policy for the Commerce Department and oversaw the Bureau of Economic Analysis and the U.S. Census Bureau.
He was the principal economic advisor to Bill Clinton in his 1991-1992 presidential campaign; and since then, he has advised every subsequent Democratic presidential candidate. He also advised Presidents Clinton and Barack Obama as well as senior members of their administrations and numerous members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. In addition, he has advised numerous senior executives of major U.S. and foreign businesses and major non-profit institutions. since.
Previously, he was co-founder and Vice President of the Progressive Policy Institute, was Legislative Director and Economic Counsel for Senator Daniel P. Moynihan.
He has been a Fellow of Harvard University, the Brookings Institution, the National Bureau of Economic Research, and an advisor to the International Monetary Fund. He has degrees from the University of Chicago and the London School of Economics, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University.
He is widely published in scholarly and popular journals, and the author or co-author of three books.
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