Future Economic Prospects: A Markets View

Friday, May 24, 2024 at 10:30 a.m.

Blair Effron ’84, co-founder and partner of Centerview Partners in conversation with Alan Blinder ’67, Gordon S. Rentschler Memorial Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University, and former vice chair of the Federal Reserve Board.

Blair W. Effron is co-founder and partner of Centerview Partners, an investment banking firm with offices in New York, London, Los Angeles, Palo Alto, Paris, and San Francisco. The firm provides assistance on mergers and acquisitions, financial restructurings, general advisory, valuation, and capital structure to companies, institutions, and governments. Since its founding in 2006, the firm has advised in over $4 trillion in transactions and ranks among the most active banking firms globally. Effron serves on the boards of trustees of the Council on Foreign Relations (co-chairman), Lincoln Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New Visions for Public Schools, Partnership for New York City, and Princeton University. Effron is currently a member of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board. Effron holds a BA from Princeton University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Alan S. Blinder is the Gordon S. Rentschler Memorial Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University, and a regular columnist for the Wall Street Journal. Blinder served as vice chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System from June 1994 until January 1996. Before becoming a member of the Board, Blinder served as a member of President Clinton’s original Council of Economic Advisers from January 1993 until June 1994. During presidential campaigns, he was an economic advisor to Bill Clinton, Al Gore, and Hilary Clinton. Blinder has written scores of scholarly articles, and is the author or co-author of 23 books, including the prize-winning best-seller, After the Music Stopped: The Financial Crisis, the Response, and the Work Ahead (2013) and Advice and Dissent: Why America Suffers When Economics and Politics Collide (2018). His latest book, A Monetary and Fiscal History of the United States, 1961–2021 was published in October 2022. Blinder has been elected a Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association, and a member of the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Academy of Political and Social Science. He earned his AB at Princeton University, M.Sc. at London School of Economics, and PhD at Massachusetts Institute of Technology—all in economics.