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Conference Will Feature 2004 U.S. Economic Forecast and Consumer Outlook

11/10/2003 --

ANN ARBOR, Mich.---The 2004 forecast and consumer outlook for the U.S. economy will highlight the University of Michigan's 51st Economic Outlook Conference Nov. 20-21 at the Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St.

Saul H. Hymans, University professor of economics and statistics and director of the Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics (RSQE) will open the conference with a presentation of "The U.S. Economic Outlook" at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 20. Richard T. Curtin, director of the Surveys of Consumers at Michigan¿s Institute for Social Research (ISR), will follow with "The Consumer Outlook for 2004" at 11 a.m.

The next day (Nov. 21) at 9:30 a.m., Michigan economists Joan Crary and George Fulton will present "The 2004 Outlook for the Michigan Economy." Other presentations during the two-day conference include:

  • "Corporate Governance: An Insider's View" by Marina v.N. Whitman, professor of business administration and public policy at the Michigan Business School (Nov. 20).
  • "The Small Business Perspective on the Economic Outlook" by William C. Dunkelberg, chief economist for the National Federation of Independent Business and professor at Temple University's School of Business and Management (Nov. 20).
  • "The U.S. Economic Outlook: A Financial Markets Perspective" by John E. Silvia, chief economist for Wachovia Bank, N.A. (Nov. 20).
  • "Mexico-U.S. Economic Integration and Export Competition from China" by Sergio Luna Martinez, senior vice president in the Division of Economic and Sociopolitical Research at Banamex, the largest financial institution in Mexico (Nov. 20).
  • "The Central Banker as Risk Manager: Quantifying & Forecasting Inflation Risks" by Lutz Killian, U-M professor of economics (Nov. 20).
  • "Will 20th Century Energy Sources Satisfy 21st Century Needs?" by Carol Dahl, professor of economics at the Colorado School of Mines (Nov. 21).
  • "The Accuracy of the Government's Estimates of GDP" by E. Philip Howrey, U-M professor of economics (Nov. 21).

More information about the conference can be found on the Web at

For more information, contact:
Bernie DeGroat
Phone: 734.936.1015 or 734.647.1847