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Thursday, June 2:
7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. WELCOME DINNER AT THE WOODROW WILSON INTERNATIONAL CENTER
ONE WOODROW WILSON PLAZA, 1300 PENNSYLVANIA AVE, NW
Welcome: Michael Van Dusen, Deputy Director, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Hugh Segal, President, Institute for Research on Public Policy
Keynote Address: Pete Peterson, Senior Chairman of The Blackstone Group and author of Running on Empty: How the Democrats and Republicans Are Bankrupting Our Future and What Americans Can Do About It (via video)

Friday, June 3:
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. REGISTRATION AT THE WOODROW WILSON INTERNATIONAL CENTER
Welcome: Kent Hughes, Director of the Program on Science, Technology, America and the Global Economy, Woodrow Wilson International Center

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. PANEL ONE
Chair: Kent Hughes
Fiscal Outcomes and
Economic Performance: Alfredo Pereira, College of William and Mary
Read a paper by Alfredo Pereira and Pedro G. Rodrigues: Public Debt and Economic Performance

Commentary: Peter Heller, International Monetary Fund
Read a paper by Peter Heller and David Hauner of the IMF: Characterizing the Expenditure Uncertainties of Industrial Countries in the 21st Century

Political Development and
Fiscal Outcomes: James D. Savage, University of Virginia
Commentary: Marco Buti, European Commission
Read a paper by James D. Savage: Political Development and Fiscal Outcomes.

11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. LUNCH AT THE WOODROW WILSON INTERNATIONAL CENTER

1:00 p.m. – 3:00p.m. PANEL TWO
Chair: Hugh Segal
Japan: Edward J. Lincoln, Council on Foreign Relations
Read a paper by Edward J. Lincoln: Japan: Long Term Budget Challenges

Commentary: Tetsuo Kabe, Embassy of Japan
Read a paper by Tetsuo Kabe: Japan's Fiscal Challenges and Options for Fiscal Consolidation
United Kingdom: David Heald, University of Sheffield

Read a paper by David Heald: Fiscal Sustainability: the Case of the United Kingdom

Commentary: David Chote, Institute for Fiscal Studies.

France: Didier Blanchet, National Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies

Read a paper by Didier Blanchet: Social Expenditures and Fiscal Sustainability: the Case of France

Commentary: Selma Mahfouz, French Ministry of Economics and Finance

Read the commentary by Selma Mahfouz.

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. PANEL THREE
Chair: Gary Hufbauer
Germany: Jürgen von Hagen/Klaus Bünger/Rolf R. Strauch, University of Bonn

Read the paper by Hagen, Bünger, and Strauch: German Public Finances: Recent Experiences and Future Challenges

Commentary: Bernhard Manzke, Deutsche Bundesbank

Italy: Giuseppe Canullo, University of Ancona

Read a paper by Giuseppe Canullo, High Public Debt and Population Aging: Two Challenges for the Italian Budget

Commentary: Daniele Franco, Bank of Italy

7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. DINNER AT THE EMBASSY OF CANADA
501 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE, NW
Welcome: Hugh Segal, President, Institute for Research on Public Policy
Keynote Address: John P. Manley, P.C., Senior Counsel, McCarthy Tétrault LLP, and Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Government of Canada

Saturday, June 4:
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. PANEL FOUR AT THE WOODROW WILSON INTERNATIONAL CENTER
Chair: To Be Determined
Canada: Thomas J. Courchene, Queen's University

Read the paper by Thomas J. Courchene: Balanced Budgets: A Canadian Fiscal Value

Commentary: Kevin Lynch, International Monetary Fund

Read the Commentary paper by Kevin Lynch.

United States: Dennis S. Ippolito, Southern Methodist University

Read the paper by Dennis Ippolito: The United States: The Past and Future of the Entitlement State

Commentary: Rudolph Penner, Urban Institute

Read Rudolph Penner's commentary.

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. LUNCH AT THE WOODROW WILSON INTERNATIONAL CENTER

12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. PANEL FIVE
Roundtable Discussion: Perspectives on Fiscal Sustainability

Chair: Martin Frost, Former member, U.S. House of Representatives
Commentators: James F. Hollifield, Southern Methodist University
Rainer Münz, Hamburg Institute of International Economics

Read the paper by Rainer Münz: Dimensions and Impacts of Demographic Aging: The Case of Europe and Its Public Pension Systems

Ludger Schuknecht, European Central Bank

Read the paper by Ludger Schuknecht: Perspectives on Fiscal Sustainability.

Vito Tanzi, Inter-American Development Bank

Read Vito Tanzi's paper: The Coming Fiscal Crisis