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Ohio Wesleyan to Host 2009 Economic Outlook Conference
Expert Panel to Cover Regional, National, and International Forecasts

February 2, 2009

Andrew Busch
Kenneth Beauchemin
Bill LaFayette
Photos courtesy of Andrew Busch, Kenneth Beauchemin, and Bill LaFayette
DELAWARE, OHIO – Following a downward spiraling economy during the past year, both market experts and the general public have been shaken up by events that have diminished investment funds and precipitated increasing unemployment.

The public is invited to a free panel discussion in which experts examine these issues and provide short-term and long-term regional, national and international economic forecasts. Ohio Wesleyan University’s 2009 Economic Outlook Conference will be held at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16 in Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave. Each panelist will speak for 15 minutes and then respond to questions and comments from the audience:

  • Andrew Busch, a 1983 Ohio Wesleyan graduate, is a nationally recognized expert on world financial markets and how they are impacted by political events. He regularly consults with the U.S. Treasury, Congress, and the White House. Busch is featured frequently in national publications and on programs including CNBC’s “Closing Bell.” Currently Global FX market strategist for BMO Capital Markets’ Investment Banking Division in Chicago, he received an MBA from the University of Chicago. Click here to read more about Andrew Busch.
  • Kenneth Beauchemin, Ph.D., researches quantitative macroeconomics and associated econometric methods with current research in labor market dynamics and advanced forecasting techniques. He frequently appeared as an expert source in media coverage in his former position as managing director of research for Global Insight. Beauchemin is senior research economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Iowa and an MA in economics from the University of Michigan.
  • Bill LaFayette, Ph.D., analyzes and interprets economic and demographic trends for Columbus Chamber staff, civic leaders, and the Greater Columbus community. LaFayette, vice president of economic analysis for the Columbus Chamber, also helps develop policies related to those trends.. He holds a Ph.D. in real estate economics from The Ohio State University, an M.B.A. in investment management and a bachelor’s degree in finance and accounting, both from Wright State University.

The annual Economic Outlook Conference is co-sponsored by Ohio Wesleyan’s Department of Economics and by the Woltemade Center for Economics, Business and Entrepreneurship. Goran Skosples, Ph.D., assistant professor of economics, will serve as moderator. The conference also will be streamed live online at stream.owu.edu.

Ohio Wesleyan University is an undergraduate liberal arts college that transforms the lives of its students through a combination of rigorous academics, mentoring relationships, and real-world experiences. Featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” the private university’s 1,850 students come from 47 states and 50 countries. Visit www.owu.edu for more information.