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The Annual Lecture Ronald Reagan Professor of Public Policy James Q. Wilson

James Q. Wilson

"Did the Stimulus Bill Stimulate the Economy"

Tuesday, September 28, 2010
11 a.m.
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
40 Presidential Drive
Simi Valley, California

Tickets are free, however reservations are encouraged.
Please contact the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
by Tuesday, September 21, 2010, at 805.522.2977.

Since John Maynard Keynes in the 1930s supported government spending in order to stimulate a lagging economy, very little attention has been given to how one might design and implement a spending program. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 gives a chance to do just that. James Q. Wilson will look at the implementation of the federal stimulus law to see what parts may have helped and what parts did not.

James Q. Wilson is the Ronald Reagan Professor of Public Policy at Pepperdine and holds the nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.He has enjoyed an extraordinary career, including 25 years at Harvard University where he was the Shattuck Professor of Government. He was the James Collins Professor of Management and Public Policy at UCLA for a decade before his appointment at Pepperdine. The author or coauthor of more than 15 books including, The Marriage Problem: How Our Culture Has Weakened Families (Harper Collins, 2002), Moral Judgment (Perseus, 1997), andThe Moral Sense (Free Press, 1993). Others cover a wide variety of policy topics including urban problems, government regulation and bureaucracy, crime prevention, and delinquency among children.

Wilson has chaired and served on a number of national commissions including the White House Task Force on Crime, the National Advisory Commission on Drug Abuse Prevention, the Attorney General's Task Force on Violent Crime, the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, and the President's Council on Bioethics.

In addition, Wilson has served as president of the American Political Science Association, which presented him with several prestigious awards honoring his lifetime of service. Professor Wilson was honored by the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation as a recipient of the 2007 Bradley Prize.