INDIANAPOLIS and BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Congress is expected to vote today on the American Rescue Plan, President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion economic stimulus bill. The plan, which has already passed the Senate, would provide direct payments of up to $1,400 to most Americans, as well as extend an additional $300 of weekly unemployment benefits, expand the child tax credit, provide assistance to small businesses and private renters, and support COVID-19 vaccination efforts. IU experts on government financial policy, state and local economics, and small business are available to comment.

Kyle J. Anderson

Expertise: Economy, e-commerce, industrial organization, online pricing, sports economics.

Kyle Anderson is an economist at the IU Kelley School of Business in Indianapolis. His research focuses on pricing, auctions and online markets, and he has published several articles in academic journals. Anderson serves on the Business Outlook Panel for the Indiana Business Research Center, which produces an economic forecast every year. He has an MBA and Ph.D. from the Kelley School of Business in Bloomington. In addition to his academic work, Anderson has seven years of experience working in the health care industry and the heavy trucking industry.

Joshua Bernstein

Expertise: Macroeconomics, monetary policy, economic policy.

Joshua Bernstein is an assistant professor in the IU Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Economics. His research interests are at the intersection of macroeconomics and public finance, with a current focus on business cycle theory and policy design.

Ryan Brewer

Expertise: Finance, capital markets and derivatives for business and economics.

Ryan M. Brewer is an associate professor of finance at Indiana University (IUPUI/IUPUC). He has taught finance courses and conducted research at IUPUC since 2009. Having accrued 15 years of professional valuation consulting experience, on several occasions, Brewer has testified as a valuation expert in the U.S. federal and Indiana state court systems. He remains active in valuation consulting today, focusing this practice in the niche areas of economic forecasting, economic damages, intellectual property valuation, sports property valuation and derivatives valuation.

R. Andrew Butters

Expertise: Industrial organization, applied econometrics, productivity, market integration.

R. Andrew Butters is an assistant professor in the Department of Business Economics and Public Policy at the IU Kelley School of Business. Before joining Kelley, he was an associate economist in the Economic Research Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. His research focuses on the impact on demand fluctuations on business decisions and measuring the stage of the business/financial cycle.

Candace Miller

Expertise: Racial/ethnic inequality, small businesses, neighborhood stratification, urban planning and development, urban inequality, economic inequality, mobility.

Candace Miller, a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society and visiting assistant professor in the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, is an expert on race and ethnicity, urban inequality, and small businesses. Miller's work focuses on the ways that racial/ethnic inequalities shape and are shaped by contemporary urban processes, such as gentrification and suburbanization.

Phil Powell

Expertise: Business strategy and economic development in emerging markets, U.S. economic policy, industry dynamics of higher education, job markets, talent shortage.

Phil Powell is the associate dean of academic programs and a clinical associate professor of business economics and public policy at IU Kelley School of Business in Indianapolis. He previously served as faculty chair of the full-time and online MBA programs at Indiana University in Bloomington. Both programs saw an increase in national rankings under Powell's leadership.

Regan Stevenson

Entrepreneur decision-making, entrepreneur psychology, equity crowdfunding, angel investing, social entrepreneurship, resourcefulness, coachability, lean startup, behavioral strategy, experimental methods.

Regan Stevenson is an assistant professor ​of entrepreneurship and management and holds the John and Donna Shoemaker Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship in the Kelley School of Business. His research is focused on understanding the early-stage challenges that entrepreneurs face when launching and scaling new ventures. This includes the behavioral foundations of resource acquisition and the role of cognition/affect in entrepreneurial judgment.