In the video below, recorded during his keynote address from the 8th Annual Economics Teaching Conference, Harvard University Professor of Economics N. Gregory Mankiw illuminates the long-term fiscal challenges we face. In his forty-minute keynote presentation, entitled “The Fiscal Challenge Ahead,” Professor Mankiw discusses some of the long-term issues that economists will be thinking about over the coming years, and addresses the important question of how economists will meet those challenges.

How do you teach your students about the fiscal challenges we face and the choices about how to address them? Share your comments below. 

N. Gregory Mankiw is Professor of Economics at Harvard University. He has taught macroeconomics, microeconomics, statistics, and principles of economics. Professor Mankiw is a prolific writer and a regular participant in academic and policy debates. His research includes work on price adjustment, consumer behavior, financial markets, monetary and fiscal policy, and economic growth. His published articles have appeared in academic journals such as the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, and Quarterly Journal of Economics and in more widely accessible forums including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Fortune. In addition to his teaching, research, and writing, Professor Mankiw has been a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, an adviser to the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and the Congressional Budget Office, and a member of the ETS test development committee for the advanced placement exam in economics. From 2003 to 2005, he served as chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. In addition, he maintains a very popular blog for students of economics at http://www.gregmankiw.blogspot.com.