Join us for lunch in Tucson at the Westin la Paloma on Friday, December 10, 2010, as Marshall J. Vest, Director of the Economic and Business Research Center, Gerald Swanson, Professor of Economics and Thomas R. Brown Chair in Economic Education, and Paul Portney, Dean Eller College of Management, cut to the bottom line at this annual, must-attend event.
The economy lost momentum in recent months and has grown little since the recession ended over a year ago. The de-leveraging process is not yet complete. Business leaders are wary given new legislation and rules that affect regulation of financial markets and health care costs. And consumers are constrained by a still-weak labor market, tight credit, and high foreclosure rates. The recession may be over, but it certainly doesn’t feel like it, so it is not a surprise that both consumers and business leaders remain cautious. What can we expect going forward? When will credit start expanding again? When will housing markets stabilize? What’s the outlook for labor markets? With annual federal deficits of $1 trillion-plus and short-term interest rates near zero, what are the policy options? Will Congress extend the Bush tax cuts? Will quantitative easing work, or is the Fed simply monetizing the debt?
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Vest is an authority on Arizona's economy and is a consultant to a number of Arizona's largest companies, Arizona's Governor and Legislature, as well as a number of local governments. With 30 years heading the College’s Forecasting Project, Marshall has authored over 175 articles on the economy. These forecasts are recognized as among the most accurate in the western states, and he is frequently quoted in both the local and national business press.
Vest is a fellow and past-president of the Association for University Economic and Business Research, whose membership includes university-based applied research centers from across the country. He also is a member of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) and is past president of the Arizona Chapter of NABE.
- Gerald J. Swanson is a best-selling author and Professor of Economics at The University of Arizona's Eller College of Management. In 2004, Swanson was named the Thomas R. Brown Chair in Economic Education, which will be renamed in his honor upon his retirement. He is author of America the Broke, published by Doubleday and is co-author of Bankruptcy 1995: The Comming Collapse of America and How to Stop It, which spent more than nine months on the New York Times bestseller list.
Swanson's frequent television appearances include NBC's "Today Show," "Larry King Live," and CNN's "Money Line" with Lou Dobb. He is widely sought as a consultant, and his clients include the U.S. Federal Government, the Arizona Legislature, and several fortune 500 corprations. His travels have taken him to 32 countries, where he has interviewed bankers, stock brokers, political figures, industrialists, and financial analysts.
Regarded as one of the most successful teachers at the University of Arizona, Swanson has received numerous awards including the UA's Faculty Recognition Award, the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award, and the Professor of the Year Award from the National Federation of Independent Businesses.
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