2017 Economic Outlook Conference

What's Next for Kentucky in the Global Economy?

The Don and Cathy Jacobs Executive Education Center and our Presenting Sponsors Commerce Lexington, Inc. and The Lane Report present the 28th Annual Economic Outlook Conference. Leading experts address issues including: the outlook for the local, state and national economy, the financial markets and current topics of interest.

Date

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
8:00 – 8:30 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 12:00 pm Program

Registration fee: $115 (includes continental breakfast and materials.)
Discounted fee for multiple registrations of five or more together: $100 per registrant

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Agenda

8:00 a.m. Check-in and Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
Dr. Kenneth R. Troske
Associate Dean for Graduate Program and Outreach; Sturgill Endowed Professor of Economics
Gatton College of Business and Economics
University of Kentucky
 
Dr. David W. Blackwell
Dean
Gatton College of Business & Economics,
University of Kentucky
8:50 a.m. National Economic Outlook and Monetary Policy
Dr. Mark E. Schweitzer
Senior Vice President of External Outreach and Regional Analytics
Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
Cleveland, OH
9:30 a.m. Economic Outlook for 2017: National and Local Relationships
Dr. Christopher R. Bollinger
Director of the Center for Business and Economics Research,
Gatton Endowed Professor of Economics
Gatton College of Business and Economics
University of Kentucky
10:00 a.m. Break (Please submit your written questions for the speakers ahead of time, at the registration table. The Q&A will be at the end of the conference. If we are unable to ask your question due to time constraints, the speakers will be available briefly after the conference.)
10:20 a.m. Effects of Oil Price Shocks on Kentucky
Dr. Ana María Herrera
Professor
Department of Economics
Gatton College of Business and Economics
University of Kentucky
10:55 a.m. Kentucky Health: Moving the Needle
Mr. Ben Chandler
Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky
Louisville, KY
11:30 a.m. Q & A
12:00 p.m. Adjourn

Speaker Bios

Kenneth R. Troske

Associate Dean for Graduate Program and Outreach, Gatton College of Business

Kenneth R. Troske is the Associate Dean for Graduate Program and Outreach, the William B. Sturgill Professor of Economics at the University of Kentucky and a research fellow with the Institute for the Study of Labor in Bonn, Germany. Troske served as a member of the Congressional Oversight Panel whose task was to assess the existing condition of Americas financial markets and the regulatory system and closely monitor the actions of the U.S. Department of the Treasury and financial institutions to determine if their actions are in the best interest of the American economy. He is also a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Lexington Business Advisory Council. Before moving to Kentucky, Troske was an assistant professor and an associate professor of economics at the University of Missouri. His primary research areas are labor and human resource economics. Troske has authored a number of widely known papers using employer-employee matched data on topics such as education, productivity, technology and discrimination. His most recent work has focused on evaluating various aspects of the Workforce Development System in the U.S., the role of human capital in promoting the economic growth of a region and the impact of tax incentives on the creation of jobs in a region. His papers have appeared in many leading journals in economics including the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Labor Economics, the Journal of Human Resources, the Review of Economics and Statistics and the American Economic Review.

Presentation: Welcome and Introductions

Mark E. Schweitzer

Senior Vice President of External Outreach and Regional Analytics, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Mark E. Schweitzer is the senior vice president of External Outreach and Regional Analytics at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. He is responsible for overseeing the Bank's public outreach activities and its analysis of regional economic conditions. He advises and informs the Cleveland Reserve Bank's president and board of directors on regional economic developments and economic policy issues. Dr. Schweitzer's own research has focused on the macroeconomic impact of labor market developments and the identification of factors contributing to regional economic growth.

Dr. Schweitzer joined the Bank in 1992 as an economist. From 2000 to 2002, he took leave to serve as a senior economist at the Bank of England. After returning to the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, he was promoted to assistant vice president and director of the Regional Economic Issues Program in 2004. He left Cleveland in 2007 to serve as vice president and branch executive of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City's Denver Branch. In 2008, he returned to the Cleveland Reserve Bank to serve as its research director. He assumed his current position in January, 2015.

An economics graduate of the University of Chicago, Dr. Schweitzer holds both a master's degree and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Presentation: National Economic Outlook and Monetary Policy

Christopher R. Bollinger

Director of the Center for Business and Economics Research and Gatton Endowed Professor of Economics, Gatton College of Business and Economics

Christopher R. Bollinger is the director of the Center for Business and Economics Research and Gatton Endowed Professor of Economics in the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky. He has been an Associate and Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Kentucky and an Assistant Professor of Economics at Georgia State University. He received his B.B.A. in Economics at Michigan State University and earned both an M.S. and Ph.D. in economics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Professor Bollingers research has focused on measurement error in estimation of micro economic models. His work on measurement error has been published in journals such as Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of the American Statistical Association, and the Journal of Econometrics. Professor Bollinger also has interests in Urban Economics and Labor Economics. His work in these areas has been published in journals such as the Journal of Labor Economics and the Journal of Urban Economics.

Presentation: Economic Outlook for 2017: National and Local Relationships

Ben Chandler

President and CEO, Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky

Ben Chandler was named President and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky in 2016, returning to lead the Foundation he helped bring about. As Kentucky Attorney General, Chandler won a $45 million settlement from one of Kentucky’s largest insurance companies; that funding was used to create the Foundation in 2001. He earned a B.A. in history, graduating with distinction from the University of Kentucky, and a J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law. He studied at the University of London and Trinity College in Dublin, including an internship in the British Parliament.

Chandler practiced law with Brown, Todd & Heyburn, and later with Reeves & Graddy before beginning a career in public service. His state service included one term as Kentucky State Auditor (1992-1995), and two terms as Attorney General (1995-2003). He helped create KASPER, a national model for battling prescription drug abuse. He established a public corruption unit, lobbied successfully for Kentucky's first "No Call" list, strengthened consumer protection laws, and championed “Megan’s Law” and victims’ rights. Chandler received the Democratic nomination for Governor in 2003, but did not prevail in the general election.

In February 2004, Chandler was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he introduced legislation to address issues ranging from child and elder abuse prevention, to air travel safety, to veterans’ healthcare, to teaching foreign languages in our public schools. He worked to increase funding for our nation’s crumbling school infrastructure. He played a central role in passing a tobacco buyout. Chandler served Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District until the 112th Congress adjourned in January 2013. He was Executive Director of the Kentucky Humanities Council from 2013 to 2016.

Presentation: Kentucky Health: Moving the Needle

Ana María Herrera

Professor of Economics, University of Kentucky

Ana María Herrera is a Professor of Economics at the University of Kentucky. She earned both her B.A. and M.A. in economics at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia and his Ph.D. in economics at the University of California in San Diego. Dr. Herrera was a Repsol-YPF Felllow at Harvard Kennedy School in 2005-2006 and has conducted research in macroeconomics, energy economics and applied econometrics. Her work has been published in the Journal of Monetary Economics, the Journal of Financial Economics, and The Energy Journal.

Presentation: Effects of Oil Price Shocks on Kentucky