November 2014

“Running the Economic Maze”

Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Time: 8 – 11:50 a.m.

Location:Speaker’s Auditorium
Student Center Building
Georgia State University
44 Courtland Street
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
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  • Rajeev Dhawan,  Director,  Economic Forecasting Center,  Georgia State University
  • Andrea Urban,  Economist,  KPMG LLP
  • David Altig,  Executive Vice President,  Director of Research, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
  • Robert Kleinhenz,  Ph.D.  Chief Economist,  Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC)

Conference Program

8 a.m. Registration & Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Words of Welcome Richard Phillips
Robinson College of Business
8:35 a.m “Who Wears the Diapers? A discussion about the economic implications of global demographic trends.”
The developing world’s population is aging at the same time that birth rates have been declining and the result is an ever older population. However, the developed world is not the only place where such challenges are mounting, China, South Korea, and Russia all face demographic challenges as well. This phenomenon is a significant challenge for fiscal and monetary policy. My talk will give an overview of the issue and some areas of focus for policy makers.
Andrea Urban
9:00 a.m. “The U.S. Economic Outlook: Prelude to Liftoff?”
David Altig will discuss the outlook for U.S. growth, employment and inflation, and offer some reflections on what it may mean for Fed Policy.
David Altig
Executive Vice President
Director of Research
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
9:25 a.m. “California: Housing Market Bellwether or Not?”
California’s housing market has made great strides in recovering from the downturn of the last decade. Home prices have rebounded more quickly than expected over the last three years, but a mixed performance in 2014 raises questions about the future direction of prices, sales, and construction.
Will California lead other states in housing trends over the next two years? Will home prices in Georgia follow the trajectory of the Golden State? Will Atlanta take its cues from places like San Jose, San Francisco, and Los Angeles? Or is it true that “all real estate is local”, driven by local demographic trends and economic conditions, and shaped by local policies and constraints on land use?
Robert Kleinhenz   Ph.D.
Chief Economist
Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC)
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 delivers his keynote presentation on the economic outlook of the United States, Georgia and the Atlanta Metro Region. Join us as he shares his views on the state of the global economy as well as employment and consumption trends and their impact on industry in Georgia. He will discuss, in particular, the implications for residential and commercial real estate in the Atlanta Metro Region.
Rajeev Dhawan
Director and Professor
Economic Forecasting Center
J. Mack Robinson College of Business
11:40 a.m. Q & A Conclusion
11:50 a.m. Light Lunch & Networking