Financing the Future: The Role of the Financial System in Fostering Economic Growth

Jun 17, 2015Jun 18, 2015
The Liaison Capitol Hill 415 New Jersey Ave. NW Washington, DC 20001

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A well-functioning financial system is a key ingredient in a well-functioning economy. Whether an existing company wants to bring a new product to market or a new company wants to compete with an existing company, access to funding is essential. Financial regulation can encourage or inhibit financial markets’ ability to provide the financial products and services necessary to support a vigorous, dynamic economy. A well-designed regulatory system enables the financial system to work efficiently, effectively, and creatively to support economic prosperity.

Please join us for this important conference to discuss how well the financial system is serving entrepreneurs, businesses, and the American people.

Our speakers and panelists will address questions such as:

  • What is the historical role that financial markets have played in building the American economy?
  • How effectively are the financial markets working now to foster economic growth?
  • How have regulatory developments, including those in Dodd-Frank, affected the economy?
  • What financial regulatory reforms could encourage innovation and investment?



8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. 
Registration (coffee and light breakfast served)

9:00 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.
Opening Keynote Address
Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ), Chairman, Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government-Sponsored  Enterprises for the House Financial Services Committee

9:20 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Opening Conference Host Remarks
Ben Klutsey, Program Manager, Mercatus Center

9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Opening Conference Remarks
Manuel H. Johnson, Board Member, Mercatus Center, and Co-Chairman and Senior Partner, Johnson Smick International, Inc.

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Panel I: Financing Innovation and Economic Growth

  • James Brown, Iowa Bankers Faculty Fellowship Associate Professor of Finance, Iowa State University 
  • Raymond J. Keating, Chief Economist, Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council 
  • Brian Knight, Associate Director, Financial Policy, Center for Financial Markets, Milken Institute 
  • Thomas W. Miller, Jr., Jack R. Lee Chair of Finance Institutions and Consumer Finance,  Mississippi State University, and Visiting Scholar, Mercatus Center 
  • Moderator: Stephen Matteo Miller, Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Panel II: Financial Reform and Economic Growth

  • Barbara Frohn, Managing Director, Banco Santander seconded to the Institute of International Finance 
  • Hal S. Scott, Nomura Professor and Director, Program on International Finance Systems,  Harvard Law School, and Director, Committee on Capital Markets Regulation 
  • Michael Silva, Chief Regulatory Officer and Compliance Leader, GE Capital
  • Phillip L. Swagel, Professor in International Economic Policy, University of Maryland School of Public Policy,  Visiting Scholar, American Enterprise Institute, and Senior Fellow, Milken Institute 
  • Moderator: Hester Peirce, Director, Financial Markets Working Group, and Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center

12:30 p.m. - 1:40 p.m.
Panel III: Regulator Roundtable (lunch served)

  • Richard Berner, Director, Office of Financial Research 
  • Thomas M. Hoenig, Vice Chairman, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 
  • Michael Piwowar, Commissioner, Securities and Exchange Commission 
  • Moderator: J. W. Verret, Affiliated Senior Scholar, Mercatus Center, and Assistant Professor of Law, George Mason Law School

Questions about this event? Please contact Brittany Hemsath at or (703) 993-8297.