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The University of Michigan’s

66th Annual Economic Outlook Conference

will take place in Ann Arbor on November 15–16, 2018

David Berson

Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company

Dr. Berson leads a team of economic analysts delivering economic forecasts and analyses that are used to inform and strengthen the organization’s business strategies and operating plans. David is a noted economic expert, who holds a doctorate in economics and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Michigan, and a bachelor’s degree in history and economics from Williams College. He is a frequent speaker to media and industry groups on the economic outlook, housing, and mortgage markets, as well as the author of numerous publications. Prior to joining Nationwide, David served as the Chief Economist & Strategist and Head of Risk Analytics for The PMI Group, Inc. Previous to that, David was Vice President and Chief Economist for Fannie Mae, Chief Financial Economist at Wharton Econometrics, visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, and assistant professor of economics at Claremont McKenna College and Claremont Graduate School. His government experience has included staff economist on the Council of Economic Advisers and economic analyst at the Treasury Department and the Office of Special Trade Representative. He is a past President of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE).

Alan V. Deardorff

John W. Sweetland Professor of International Economics, University of Michigan

Professor Deardorff is primarily interested in the economics of international trade, both theory and policy. He has contributed to the pure theory of international trade, adapting and extending traditional neoclassical models of international trade and specialization. On trade policy, Deardorff has written widely on the uses of trade policies and the rules restricting these uses. Also, with Professor Robert Stern of University of Michigan and Professor Drusilla Brown of Tufts University, he has contributed to the development and use of computable general equilibrium models of international trade policy. His recent and current topics of theoretical research include the role of trade costs in determining patterns of trade, the determinants of international specialization, and the mechanisms by which trade liberalization may stimulate industrialization and growth.  On trade policy, Deardorff has worked with his colleagues on the prospective effects of the current Doha Round of trade liberalization, as well as writing on the measurement of barriers to trade in goods and services.  More broadly, he and his colleagues participate in the ongoing debate on the pros and cons of globalization.

Gabriel Ehrlich

Director, University of Michigan RSQE

Gabriel Ehrlich is Director of the University of Michigan’s Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics. His research focuses on macroeconomics and regional economics. Prior to joining RSQE, Gabe worked in the Financial Analysis Division at the Congressional Budget Office. He testifies twice per year to the Michigan Legislature on the state’s fiscal and economic prospects. His work has been discussed in The Economist magazine and The Washington Post, and his article Economic Effects of Medicaid Expansion in Michigan was recently published in The New England Journal of Medicine. Gabe received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan. He is the coauthor of The Michigan Economic Outlook for 2018–2019.

Daniil Manaenkov

US Forecasting Specialist, Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics

Daniil Manaenkov is a US Forecasting Specialist in the RSQE unit. His responsibilities at RSQE include participation in the U.S. modeling effort and the preparation of national economic forecasts. In the past he has worked for the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, where he was involved in forecasting the U.S. economy.

Aditi Thapar

Assistant Research Scientist, University of Michigan RSQE

Aditi Thapar is an Assistant Research Scientist at the University of Michigan’s Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics. She received her Ph.D in economics from Boston University and her M.A. from the Delhi School of Economics. Her research interests include topics in macroeconomics and monetary economics. She taught at New York University prior to moving to Michigan and was the Head of Global Economics at Iron Harbor Capital Management, LLC where she produced quarterly forecasts of the U.S. economy and co-authored their quarterly economic outlook reports based on the forecasts. She is a coauthor of The U.S. Economic Outlook for 2018–2019.


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