Nouriel Roubini

How do massive economic crises—like the 2008 housing market collapse—take shape?

Cofounder and Chairman, Roubini Global Economics and NYU Professor

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Nouriel Roubini | Cofounder and Chairman, Roubini Global Economics and NYU Professor

Keynote speaker Nouriel Roubini is an economist of massive influence—an expert on why global economic crises happen, and the actions we can take to prevent them. Named one of Foreign Policy’s 100 Global Thinkers, Roubini is credited with predicting the collapse of the U.S. housing market and the 2008 recession. His keynotes provide an outlook on the U.S. economy and risks to the global economy. 

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Roubini is the cofounder and chairman of Roubini Global Economics, an independent, global macroeconomic and market strategy research firm whose website has been named one of the best economics web resources by BusinessWeek, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and The Economist. He is also a professor of economics at New York University’s Stern School of Business and has extensive policy experience including his time as Senior Economist for International Affairs with the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers and Senior Advisor to the Undersecretary for International Affairs at the U.S. Treasury Department during the Clinton Administration. The International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and numerous other prominent public and private institutions have drawn upon his consulting expertise. He has authored several books, including Crisis Economics: A Crash Course in the Future of Finance.

Speech Topics

Global Economy
Long Term Changes and Trends in the Global Economy

There are many longer term changes, trends, and challenges in the global economy: deepening of globalization, greater trade in goods, services, capital, labor, information, and technology; technological innovation and change that disrupts countries and sectors; a third manufacturing revolution; demographic ageing in advanced economies and demographic dividend in many emerging markets; the pressure on natural resources (oil, energy, water, food, industrial metals) and the challenges of energy and food security; global climate change and its effects on recent extreme weather events; the rise in income and wealth inequality; poverty, underemployment, and high unemployment; the effects of the rapid rise of the BRICs and other emerging markets; the lack of global policy leadership and coordination; geopolitical risk in the world. How will these risks and challenges be managed in the years and decades to come? Will we get greater policy cooperation and coordination (G20) or process of international disagreements, tensions and conflicts (a G-Zero world as Bremmer and Roubini defined it in a classic article)?

 
U.S. Economy
U.S. Economic Outlook
The U.S. economic recovery is still fragile. Positives include the bottoming out of the housing recession, the shale gas and oil revolution, monetary easing by the Fed, the strong profits of corporate firms, some job creation, and entrepreneurial dynamism. Negatives including policy uncertainty, the variety of fiscal issues that the U.S. needs to address (fiscal cliff, debt ceiling, medium term fiscal consolidation, fundamental tax reform, entitlements reform), the fragile sentiment of households and firms, the effect of the fiscal drag on the economy, the painful process of deleveraging of the private and public sector; and tail risks from the global economy (Euro Zone crisis worsening, risk of Chinese hard landing, war between Iran and Israel/U.S.).