The Need to Expand Economic Opportunity

  The pursuit of economic opportunity for all Americans is as important to the health of the country’s economy as it is to the strength of its democracy. The promise that hard work and determination will yield economic success is a central American ideal, but it has been called into question as secular economic forces […]

Economic Strategy Group Statement on COVID-19 Pandemic and Economic Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic is at once threatening American lives, the sustainability of our nation’s health care system, and our economic prosperity. Our paramount concern at this moment should be to slow the spread of this virus and equip our health care system to effectively respond. Saving lives and saving the economy are not in conflict right now; […]

New York Times: How to Get Americans to Love Capitalism Again

Originally published in New York Times. American capitalism is at a serious inflection point. Many Americans, including the two of us, are alarmed by enormous levels of inequality and by declining economic mobility. We are concerned that in many cases American markets are no longer the most competitive in the world. And, we worry that […]

Economic Strategy Group Member Statement, December 2019

Aspen Economic Strategy Group (AESG) Member Statement December 2019 We, the undersigned members of the AESG, have collectively worked at the highest levels of the policy, business, government, academic, and civic communities. We believe that our nation’s economic policies need to be adjusted so that more people participate more fully in our economic success. We […]

Laurence D. Fink

LAURENCE D. FINK is the founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of BlackRock, Inc. He and seven partners founded BlackRock in 1988, and under his leadership, the firm has grown into a global leader in investment and technology solutions to help investors build better financial futures. Today, BlackRock is trusted to manage more money than […]

Fred Hiatt

FRED HIATT has been the editorial page editor and a columnist for The Washington Post since 2000. Hiatt began working for The Post as a reporter in 1981. From 1991 to 1995, he and his wife served as correspondents and co-bureau chiefs in Moscow, covering Russia and the former Soviet Union. From 1987 to 1990, […]

Edward Lazear

EDWARD P. LAZEAR, the Morris A. and Nona Jean Cox Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution since 1985, is also the Davies Family Professor of Economics at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, where he has taught since 1992. Lazear taught previously at the University of Chicago’s Economics Department and Graduate School of Business. Lazear […]

James Owens

JAMES W. OWENS served as chairman and chief executive officer of Caterpillar Inc. in Peoria, Illinois from 2004 through June 2010. He was president of Solar Turbines in San Diego from 1990 to 1993 and corporate chief financial officer from 1993 to 1995. In 1995 he became a group president and member of Caterpillar’s executive […]

Gene Sperling

GENE SPERLING was director of the National Economic Council under both President Barack Obama (2011 to 2014) and President Bill Clinton (1997 to 2001). He is the only person to serve in that capacity for two presidents. He also has served as deputy director of the National Economic Council (1993 to 1996) and counselor to […]

Jeffrey Zients

JEFFREY ZIENTS is chief executive officer of The Cranemere Group Limited, a diversified holding company. Prior to Cranemere, Zients served in the Obama administration as director of the National Economic Council, acting director of the Office of Management and Budget, and was responsible for spearheading the technology turnaround of Before serving in government, Zients […]