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UM Conference To Feature U.S., State Economic Forecasts

The University of Michigan will hold its 58th annual Economic Outlook conference Nov. 18 and 19 in the fourth floor amphitheater of the Rackham building, 915 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor.

UM economist Joan Crary will open the conference with "The U.S. Economic Outlook for 2011-2012" at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 18. Richard Curtin, director of the Surveys of Consumers at the U-M Institute for Social Research, will also present "The Outlook for Consumption in 2011."

The next day (Nov. 19) at 9:30 a.m., U-M economist George Fulton, director of the U-M Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics, will present "The 2011-2012 Outlook for the Michigan Economy."

Other presentations include:
* "Small Business in the Recovery: Missing in Action?" by William Dunkelberg, professor of economics at Temple University and chief economist at the National Federation of Independent Business.
* "The Outlook and Its Implications for Economic Policy" by Donald Kohn, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and former vice chair of the Board of Governors at the Federal Reserve System.
* "Fiscal Stimulus vs. Consolidation: Is There a Tradeoff?" by Barry Bosworth, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.
* "Is the Housing Market Finally Recovering?" by David Berson, senior vice president and chief economist and strategist at the PMI Group Inc.
* "How Fragile is the Euro?" by William James Adams, the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Economics at U-M.
* "Michigan's Economy and State Budget: Past, Present and Future" by Gary Olson, director of the Senate Fiscal Agency, State of Michigan.
* "Midwest Economic Outlook" by William Testa, vice president and director of regional programs at the Federal Reserve Bank in Chicago.

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