GSU Economic Forecasting Conference: Energy & Agriculture

8/27/2014 8:00 AM

GSU Economic Forecasting Conference:  Energy & Agriculture
Robinson Economic Quarterly Forecasting Conference:
 - Georgia State University, Atlanta



Conference Theme: Economy's Future Path: Role of Energy and Agriculture

Come to the quarterly conference and hear three invited guest speakers along with award winning director, Dr. Rajeev Dhawan, analyze this issue in detail.

Conference Program

8 a.m. Registration & Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Words of Welcome Richard Phillips
Robinson College of Business
8:35 a.m Checking in on the U.S. Economy as we Transition to the Second Half of the Business Cycle 
The talk will focus on the transition in the US economy to the second half of the business cycle. This is a point where labor starts to take share, making gains in productivity quite important. If there are significant productivity gains, both labor and capital can benefit. If productivity growth is weak, these two parts of the economy work at odds. Corporate profit margins quickly come into focus. 
Don Rissmiller
Founding Partner 
9:00 a.m. Will Unconventional Oil & Gas Reignite the Economy?
A vast body of research exists on the effects of energy supply shocks on the business cycle; very little research is on the positive effects arising from energy innovations. Dr. Swift discusses how innovations in horizontal drilling, computational technologies, and hydraulic fracturing are fostering the most important energy development in 50 years. It has huge potential for the United States, is helping to revive American manufacturing, and supporting US economic growth. The new economics of energy are creating a long term cost advantage for US manufacturers, which will lead to greater investment, job creation and industry (and economic) growth. Dr. Swift will discuss how this important abundant energy source is altering the outlook for US manufacturing focusing on the supply-side and the chemical industry as US chemical manufacturers gain competitive advantage and look to add about 30% to the capital stock of the industry.
Kevin Swift
American Chemistry Council 
Chief Economist & Managing Director
9:25 a.m. Growth and Wealth Creation in the Upper MidWest: Is it Sustainable?
Growth of the global middle class, and an efficient agricultural production cluster, has combined to create a sustained expansion in incomes and land prices in the Upper Midwest. Can this new prosperity be sustained despite inevitable shifts in the economy and the weather? The presentation explores the agricultural production cluster of the Upper Midwest and discusses why recent shifts may be more permanent in nature. These trends also create insights about the relative strength of "commodity regions."
Eric Thompson 
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Director, Bureau of Business Research
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
11:40 a.m. Q & A Conclusion
11:50 a.m. Light Lunch & Networking


  • Rajeev Dhawan,  Director,  Economic Forecasting Center,  Georgia State University
  • Don Rissmiller, Founding Partner,   Strategas
  • Kevin Swift, American Chemistry Council,   Chief Economist & Managing Director
  • Eric Thompson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln,   Director, Bureau of Business Research

Date: Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Time: 8 - 11:50 a.m.
Location:Speaker’s Auditorium
Student Center Building
Georgia State University
44 Courtland Street
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Get directions 
Price: $200 | Register Here

You will be joining 300 other business professionals at the event, so don't miss this great opportunity to network!

Pre-Registration is Required

Last day to register: Friday, August 22, 2014

For more information contact
Robinson Economic Forecasting at GSU
Email • 404-413-7260

About GSU Economic Forecasting Center Conferences
Each half-day conference features a detailed analysis of the economic outlook for the nation, Southeast, Georgia and Atlanta, combining Rajeev Dhawan's own expertise with the latest computer-based econometric models. The program also offers presentations on topics ranging from stock market performance and international events to real estate conditions and local growth.

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