Disaster Relief
The Case of Katrina
About This Event

On-line registration for this event is closed. Walk-in registration will be accepted.

As the flood waters rose in New Orleans and Biloxi, it became clear that Hurricane Katrina would be an unprecedented natural disaster in the United States. Now that the waters have receded and the rebuilding effort is underway, it is necessary to evaluate the relief effort for its failures and its successes in response to the calamitous storm. This AEI conference will bring to together a group of experts to provide a comprehensive look at disaster relief in this country. The discussion will include an examination of past relief efforts, the proper structure of relief, and an assessment of the effects of Katrina on the individual victims.

12:15 p.m. Registration
12:30 Luncheon
1:00 Panel I: Disaster Response: What Works
Presenters: Michael J. Armstrong, ICF Consulting
Mayor Michael R. Brown, Grand Forks, North Dakota
Philip Daddona, FTI Consulting
Moderator: James K. Glassman, AEI
2:15 Panel II: How Should Disaster Relief Be Structured?
Presenters: Alex M. Brill, House Committee on Ways and Means
Robert W. Hahn, AEI-Brookings Joint Center
Kevin A. Hassett, AEI
Moderator: Veronique de Rugy, AEI
3:30 Panel III: How Did Katrina Affect the People of Louisiana and Mississippi?
Presenters: Willie Gable, Progressive Baptist Church
Eli Lehrer, The Johns Hopkins University
Sally Satel, AEI
Moderator: Kevin A. Hassett, AEI
4:45 Adjournment
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Kevin A.
  • Kevin A. Hassett is the State Farm James Q. Wilson Chair in American Politics and Culture at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). He is also a resident scholar and AEI's director of economic policy studies.

    Before joining AEI, Hassett was a senior economist at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and an associate professor of economics and finance at Columbia (University) Business School. He served as a policy consultant to the US Department of the Treasury during the George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations.

    Hassett has also been an economic adviser to presidential candidates since 2000, when he became the chief economic adviser to Senator John McCain during that year's presidential primaries. He served as an economic adviser to the George W. Bush 2004 presidential campaign, a senior economic adviser to the McCain 2008 presidential campaign, and an economic adviser to the Mitt Romney 2012 presidential campaign.

    Hassett is the author or editor of many books, among them "Rethinking Competitiveness" (2012), "Toward Fundamental Tax Reform" (2005), "Bubbleology: The New Science of Stock Market Winners and Losers" (2002), and "Inequality and Tax Policy" (2001). He is also a columnist for National Review and has written for Bloomberg.

    Hassett frequently appears on Bloomberg radio and TV, CNBC, CNN, Fox News Channel, NPR, and "PBS NewsHour," among others. He is also often quoted by, and his opinion pieces have been published in, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.

    Hassett has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in economics from Swarthmore College.

  • Phone: 202-862-7157
    Email: khassett@aei.org
  • Assistant Info

    Name: Emma Bennett
    Phone: 202-862-5862
    Email: emma.bennett@aei.org


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