The Developing Economic Crisis and the Pandemic

Batten’s David Leblang joins Robert Bruner from The Miller Center and David Smith from UVA’s McIntire School of Commerce to discuss the economic consequences of the COVID-19 crisis, as well as possible policy responses.

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David Leblang is the Ambassador Henry J. Taylor and Mrs Marion R. Taylor Endowed Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia as well as a Professor of Public Policy at the University’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.


Robert Bruner, Miller Center faculty senior fellow, is University Professor at the University of Virginia, distinguished professor of business administration, and dean emeritus of the Darden School of Business. He has also held visiting appointments at Columbia University, INSEAD in France, and IESE in Spain. He has a forthcoming visiting appointment at Harvard. He is the author, co-author, or editor of more than 20 books on finance, management, and teaching. A faculty member since 1982 and winner of leading teaching awards at the University of Virginia and within the Commonwealth of Virginia, he teaches and conducts research in finance and management.


David Smith specializes in corporate finance and restructuring. His current research can be broken down into four areas: (1) analyzing the economic importance of corporate credit agreements, (2) investigating the restructuring of highly leveraged firms, (3) documenting the impact of distressed debt trading on bankruptcy outcomes, and (4) studying the influence of corporate contracts and law on the quality of corporate governance.