US, Michigan economic forecasts highlight U-M conference

November 11, 2019
Written By:
Bernie DeGroat


DATE: Nov. 21-22, 2019

EVENT: University of Michigan’s 67th annual Economic Outlook Conference

PLACE: Rackham Building Amphitheater, 915 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor

DETAILS: The University of Michigan’s Annual Economic Outlook Conference, in its 67th year, is the longest-running such event in the United States. It brings business and government economists and analysts from all over the country to Ann Arbor to learn and network. The event also attracts government, banking and economic development attendees.

U-M economist Aditi Thapar and colleagues will open the conference with “The U.S. Economic Outlook for 2020-2021” at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 21. Elaine Buckberg, chief economist at General Motors Co., will then address “Prospects for the Automotive Industry.”

The next day (Nov. 22) at 9:30 a.m., U-M economist Gabriel Ehrlich and colleagues will present “The Michigan Economic Outlook for 2020-2021.”

Other presentations include:

  • “Prospects for Inflation in a High-Pressure Economy: Is the Phillips Curve Dead or is It Just Hibernating?” with Peter Hooper, global head of economic research, Deutsche Bank (Nov. 21)
  • “Are Millennials Different?” with Christopher Kurz, section chief, Federal Reserve Board of Governors (Nov. 21)
  • “The Effects on Employment and Family Income of Increasing the Federal Minimum Wage” with Will Carrington, principal analyst, Congressional Budget Office (Nov. 21)
  • “The Labor Market and Individuals with Barriers to Employment” with Jason Palmer, bureau director, State of Michigan Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives (Nov. 21)
  • “Future of Great Lakes: Integrating Economy and Ecology” with Neil Hawkins, president, Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation (Nov. 21)
  • “Will the Housing Market Save Us from Recession?” with David Berson, chief economist, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. (Nov. 22)
  • “The Outlook and Options for the Federal Budget” with Kent Smetters, University of Pennsylvania (Nov. 22)

MEDIA REGISTRATION: Bernie DeGroat, 734-647-1847,


SPONSOR: U-M Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics, Department of Economics