Shifting into the Next Gear

Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Time: 8 – 11:50 a.m.

Location: Speakers Auditorium, GSU Student University Center | Directions »

Price: $200 | Register Now »


  • Rajeev Dhawan,  Director and Professor,  Economic Forecasting Center,  Georgia State University
  • Adolfo Laurenti,  Deputy Chief Economist,  Mesirow   Financial
  • Eugene James ,  Director,  MetroStudy
  • William Strauss,  Senior Economist and Economic Advisor,  Federal Reserve Bank Of Chicago

Conference Program

8 a.m. Registration & Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Words of Welcome Richard D Philips
Associate Dean for Academic Initiatives and Innovation
J. Mack Robinson College of Business
Georgia State University
8:35 a.m Global: Lull or Healing?
Improving economic conditions in the Euro-zone have raised hopes that the worst is behind us. But old and new challenges lurk, casting a shadow on the global recovery and the stabilization in emerging economies.

Adolfo Laurenti
Deputy Chief Economist
Mesirow Financial
9:00 a.m. Update on the National Housing Market
The collapse of the housing market was a key factor contributing to the Great Recession. Housing has shown signs of recovering over the past year. Mr. Strauss will discuss the recovery in housing and discuss whether this important sector will lead the economy out of its doldrums.

William Strauss
Senior Economist and Economic Advisor
Federal Reserve Bank Of Chicago
9:25 a.m. The Heated Housing Recovery and How Long it will Last
The Great Recession is finally just a thing in the past, and for the survivors who remained in residential real estate, it must feel like “heaven on earth”. Is this residential real estate recovery sustainable or is housing about to cool off substantially?

Eugene James
9:50 a.m. Q & A
10:05 a.m. Refreshments Break
10:30 a.m. Forecast of the Nation, State and Region Rajeev Dhawan
Director and Professor
Economic Forecasting Center
J. Mack Robinson College of Business
Georgia State University
11:40 a.m. Q & A Conclusion
11:50 a.m. Light Lunch & Networking