Economic Outlook Virtual Conference

Date

Wednesday, February 3, 2021
8:30 a.m. – Noon

This year’s conference will be offered as a webinar. The registration fee has been waived. Registration is required.

Register by Feb. 1


Agenda

8:30 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions

Dr. Simon J. Sheather
Dean
Gatton College of Business and Economics
University of Kentucky

Dr. Charles Courtemanche
Associate Professor of Economics and Director of the Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise
Gatton College of Business and Economics
University of Kentucky

8:50 a.m. A View from the Federal Reserve

Mr. Kevin L. Kliesen
Business Economist and Research Officer
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
St. Louis, MO

9:30 a.m. Economic Outlook for 2021: Kentucky and Beyond

Dr. Michael Clark
Associate Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Business and Economic Research
Gatton College of Business and Economics
University of Kentucky

10 a.m. Break
10:20 a.m. The Economics of Racial Inequality

Dr. Jenny Minier
Professor of Economics
Gatton College of Business and Economics
University of Kentucky

10:55 a.m. Inequality in Employment and Political Spaces

Dr. Melynda J. Price
William L. Matthews, Jr. Professor of Law in the College of Law and the Director of the African American and Africana Studies Program
College of Arts and Sciences
University of Kentucky

11:30 a.m. Q & A
Noon Adjourn

Speaker Bios

Simon Sheather

Simon Sheater

Simon J. Sheather became the eighth dean of the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky in July 2018.

Prior to joining the Gatton College, Dr. Sheather served as professor and interim director of Texas A&M University’s Institute of Data Science, as well as academic director of MS (Analytics) and Online Programs in the Department of Statistics.

While at Texas A&M, he personally started two professional master’s programs, both of which make innovative use of technology. In addition, he led numerous philanthropy efforts, which raised substantial funds from alumni and companies. He also has extensive experience working with industry and government developing practical predictive models for big data.

A native of Australia, Dr. Sheather received numerous awards for his teaching, research, and mentorship both at Texas A&M and during his 18-year tenure at the Australian Graduate School of Management, part of the University of New South Wales. He joined the faculty at Texas A&M in 2005, and served as chair of the Department of Statistics for nine years.

Dr. Sheather graduated with 1st Class Honours in mathematical statistics from the University of Melbourne, and earned his Ph.D. in statistics from La Trobe University. His academic career includes visiting professorships at Pennsylvania State University and the Stern School of Business at New York University.

Presentation: Welcome


Charles Courtemanche

Charles Courtemanche

Dr. Courtemanche is an Associate Professor of Economics and Director of the Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise in the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky. He is a health economist and applied microeconomist with particular research interests in the economics of obesity, public policies to expand insurance coverage, and big box retailers. He has published over 35 papers in a variety of journals including the Economic Journal, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Urban Economics, Journal of Economic History, Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, and Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. He has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, United States Department of Agriculture, and Food and Drug Administration.

Dr. Courtemanche is Editor-in-Chief of the Southern Economic Journal and Co-Editor of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. He is also a Research Associate in the Health Economics Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a Research Affiliate with the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

Presentation: Introductions and Moderator


Kevin L. Kliesen

Kevin L. Kliesen

Kevin L. Kliesen is a business economist and Bank Officer in the Research Division at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. He joined the Bank in 1988. He holds an M.A. in Economics from Colorado State University. In his position as a business economist, he analyzes current U.S. macroeconomic and financial market developments and trends for the Bank president and staff economists prior to each Federal Open Market Committee meeting. He also reports on and analyzes economic conditions in the seven states of the Eighth Federal Reserve District. Another important aspect of this position involves speaking to the general public and professional groups about U.S. and Eighth District economic developments. He has written and published extensively and was instrumental in the development of the St. Louis Fed’s Financial Stress Index and the St. Louis Fed’s Price Pressures Measure. In addition to his responsibilities at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, he taught part-time for the Department of Economics at Washington University from 2006 to 2013. Professionally, he is a member of the American Economic Association, the National Association for Business Economics (NABE), and the Association of Christian Economists. In September 2011, he was recognized as a NABE Fellow, one of the organization’s highest honors. In October 2015, he was designated as a Certified Business Economist by the NABE.

Presentation: A View from the Federal Reserve


Michael Clark

Michael Clark

Dr. Michael W. Clark is an Associate Professor of Economics and the Director of the Center for Business and Economic Research in the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky. He earned a B.A. in Management and an M.S. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Kentucky. Prior to coming to UK, Dr. Clark was the Chief Economist for the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission. His research focuses on labor, health, and economic development and has been published in the Journal of Labor Research. He has conducted research for various Kentucky state agencies including the Department of Public Health, the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, and the Department of Income Support.

Presentation: Economic Outlook for 2021: Kentucky and Beyond


Jenny Minier

Jenny Minier

Jenny Minier is a Professor in the Department of Economics in the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky. She joined the department in 2004 after six years as an Assistant Professor at the University of Miami (FL). Professor Minier received her B.A. in Economics at Carleton College in Minnesota, and earned both her M.S. and Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Wisconsin -Madison.

Professor Minier's primary research interests are in economic growth and development, particularly the role of financial markets in economic development and the relationship between democracy and economic growth. She has published this work in journals such as the Journal of Monetary Economics and the Journal of Economic Growth. Professor Minier is also interested in empirical international trade, and has published work in this area in the Review of Economics and Statistics and the Canadian Journal of Economics.

Presentation: The Economics of Racial Inequality


Melynda J. Price

Melynda Price

​Melynda Price is the William L. Matthews, Jr. Professor of Law and the Director of the African American and Africana Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Professor Price is the author of At the Cross: Race, Religion and Citizenship in the Politics of the Death Penalty (Oxford University Press, 2015). Her work has been published in both peer-reviewed social science and law journal, newspapers and literary journals.

Professor Price joined the UK College of Law as an Assistant Professor in the fall of 2006 after completing the doctorate degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan. Her dissertation was awarded the 2007 Best Dissertation Award from the Race, Ethnicity and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association. In addition to her degree in political science, she also earned a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in 2002. While at the University of Texas, she was a member of the Texas International Law Journal and was awarded both the University of Texas Coop Award for Public Interest Law and the Baron and Budd Scholarship for Public Interest Law. She completed her undergraduate studies in Physics at Prairie View A&M University in 1995.

Professor Price’s research focuses on race, gender and citizenship, the politics of punishment and the role of law in the politics of race and ethnicity in the U.S. and at its borders. In 2008, she was awarded a Ford Foundation Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship. Her host institution was the Capital Punishment Center at the University of Texas School of Law.

Presentation: Inequality in Employment and Political Spaces