Beyond “Unprecedented”: The Post-Pandemic Economy

In Columbia Law School’s new podcast, hosted by Professor Eric Talley, hear from leading experts as they chart a course for economic recovery in the wake of the pandemic and suggest new ways of approaching law, policy, and governance.

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In April, seemingly overnight, the U.S. unemployment rate spiked by more than 10 points to 14.7 percent—a level this country hadn’t experienced since the Great Depression. The pandemic shocked the global economy, sparking a crisis at every level. The word that we turned to as a descriptor? “Unprecedented.” But what does “unprecedented” really mean in a world economy so fundamentally altered?

Join host Eric Talley, Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law and co-director of the Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership, as he and his colleagues explore the challenges facing small businesses, essential workers, corporate boards, and financial institutions, and discuss the solutions needed to move beyond these unprecedented times.

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Episode 2: Can the Fed Rescue Us? (October 13)

Kathryn Judge, Harvey J. Goldschmid Professor of Law, and Peter Conti-Brown, Pritzker-Pucker Family Visiting Associate Professor of Law, explore how the Federal Reserve Bank can help the U.S. economy recover from the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Episode 3: A New Chapter for Bankruptcy? (October 20)

Edward Morrison, Charles Evans Gerber Professor of Law, and Millstein Center research fellow Kate Waldock talk about whether bankruptcy can be a lifeline for companies rather than a death knell. 

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Episode 4: Helping Small Businesses Survive—and Thrive (October 27)

Clinical Professor of Law Lynnise E. Pantin ’03 and Tim Wu, Julius Silver Professor of Law, Science, and Technology, discuss obstacles and opportunities for entrepreneurs and small businesses.

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Episode 6: Pandemic Pressures on Global Trade (November 10)

Anu Bradford, Henry L. Moses Professor of Law and International Organization, and Petros Mavroidis, Edwin B. Parker Professor of Foreign and Comparative Law, discuss the effects of the pandemic and political upheavals on global trade. 

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Professor Eric Talley

About the Host
Eric Talley, Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law, is an expert who works at the intersection of corporate law, governance, and finance. He also teaches and researches in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, quantitative methods, machine learning, contract and commercial law, alternative investments, game theory, and economic analysis of law. 

About the Series
Beyond “Unprecedented”: The Post Pandemic Economy is produced by the Columbia Law School Office of Communications, Marketing, and Public Affairs in conjunction with the Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership.