The 32nd Annual Economic Outlook Virtual Conference

Mark Your Calendar for 2021:

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

Registration fee: $120 per registrant

More Information:

Virtual Conference

Program Information and Registration Coming in October!


Past Program for 2020

8 a.m. Check-in and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m.

Welcome and Moderator

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 Fed Perspective on the Economy

Dr. Mark E. Schweitzer
Senior Vice President
Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
Cleveland, OH

9:30 a.m. Economic Outlook for 2020: 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. International Trade and How it Could Affect Kentucky

Dr. Kathleen Montgomery
Associate Professor and Acting Director
Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce
University of Kentucky

10:55 a.m. Education and Labor Force Statistics: Using KYSTATS Data to Inform Decisions

Dr. Jessica Cunningham
Executive Director
Kentucky Center for Statistics
Frankfort, KY

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

Speaker Bios

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: Welcome and Moderator


Mark E. Schweitzer

Dr. Mark Schweitzer is senior vice president of research and advisor to the research director at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. He is responsible for making economic presentations to the Bank and branch boards of directors, business advisory councils, and internal and external groups, along with undertaking other projects that focus on special topics. 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, and from 2015 to 2017 he oversaw the external outreach and regional analytics unit.

An economics graduate of the University of Chicago, Dr. Schweitzer holds both an MA and a PhD in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles. A native of Seattle, Washington, Dr. Schweitzer lives in Shaker Heights, Ohio. He is married and has two daughters and a son.

Presentation: A Fed Perspective on the Economy


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 2020: Kentucky and Beyond


Kathleen Montgomery

Dr. Kathleen Montgomery is an Associate Professor and Acting Director in the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce. Dr. Montgomery teaches and studies the economics of trade and development. Prior to joining the Patterson School, Dr. Montgomery spent more than a decade leading USAID-funded trade projects as 'Chief of Party' before coming to the Patterson School. These assignments include the East Africa Trade Hub in Nairobi, the Trade Facilitation Project in Ramallah, West Bank and the Southern Africa Trade Hub in Gaborone. She also worked in other capacities in development and commerce-related projects in Islamabad, Amman, and Kabul. Montgomery received her B.A. from the College of William and Mary and immediately afterward served in Benin as a Peace Corps volunteer. She holds received an M.S. (Agricultural Economics) and Ph.D. (Economics) from Pennsylvania State University.

Presentation: International Trade and How It Could Affect Kentucky


Jessica Cunningham

Dr. Cunningham is the Executive Director of the Kentucky Center for Statistics. She began working as the Research and Analytics Director for KYSTATS in October 2015. Dr. Cunningham holds her Bachelor of Science degree from Georgetown College and Master’s Degree in Mathematics followed by her doctorate in Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation from the University of Kentucky with an emphasis in educational measurement and statistics. Prior to joining KYSTATS she served as a faculty member teaching graduate education courses in research methods, statistics, program evaluation, and classroom assessment. Dr. Cunningham has also served as an evaluator over the past 8 years on numerous state and federal grants across multiple disciplines in North Carolina and Kentucky. Being a Kentucky Native, Dr. Cunningham brings her passion for education in Kentucky and experience in developing and disseminating research to a variety of audiences.

Presentation: Education and Labor Force Statistics: Using KYSTATS Data to Inform Decisions


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