Economic Summit Arrives in Historic Delaware Thursday

Three economics experts will share their predictions for the local, national, and international economies at Ohio Wesleyan University’s 2012 Economic Outlook Conference on Thursday, October 11, at 7:30 p.m. in historic Delaware, Ohio.

The conference will be in the Benes Rooms of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center and is free and open to the public.

Participating on this year’s panel are James T. Bang, assistant professor of economics at St. Ambrose University in Iowa; Pedro Amaral, senior research economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland; and Kenny McDonald, chief economic officer for Columbus 2020.

The 2012 Economic Outlook Conference is co-sponsored by Ohio Wesleyan’s Department of Economics and by the university’s Woltemade Center for Economics, Business and Entrepreneurship. During the conference, each expert will speak for 15 minutes and then respond to questions and comments from the audience. Goran Skosples, Ohio Wesleyan assistant professor of economics, will serve as moderator. About the panelists:

Ohio Wesleyan University’s 2012 Economic Summit may feature economists telling attendees to “feed the pig” on October 11, 2012 in Delaware, Ohio. (photo by Diego Meneghetti | stock.xchng)

  • International overview: James T. Bang, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in St. Ambrose University’s Department of Finance, Economics and Decision Science. Historically, his research has combined elements of immigration, institutional economics, economic growth, discrimination, and armed conflict. His current work examines connections between the quality and stability of a country’s financial and political institutions and its issues with brain drain and remittances. His research also compares a country’s security, conflict, and state failure with its rate of economic growth.
  • National overview: Pedro Amaral, Ph.D., is a senior research economist in the Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. Amaral’s main areas of research are macroeconomics and labor economics. He is particularly interested in studying the effects of financial intermediation frictions as well as episodes of the Great Depression in countries where it occurred. Prior to joining the Bank, he worked as an assistant professor of economics at Southern Methodist University in Texas.
  • Regional overview: Kenny McDonald is the chief economic officer for Columbus 2020 and a certified economic developer. McDonald is the primary leader of all Columbus 2020 economic development and business attraction efforts. He has an extensive background in site selection, regional economic development, community marketing, business recruitment, and international business development. Previously, he served as the executive vice president of the Charlotte Regional Partnership, a public-private economic development organization operating in North and South Carolina.

Hamilton-Williams Campus Center is located at 40 Rowland Avenue in Delaware, Ohio.

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