Association for University
Business and Economic Research

A national association of regional
economic research centers


Meet Our Keynote Speakers


Abigail Wozniak, Director, Opportunity & Inclusive Growth Institute, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, and Senior Research Economist

Abigail Wozniak is a labor economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, where she serves as Director of the Opportunity and Inclusive Growth Institute. Her research has examined migration between states and cities as well as employer compensation and screening policies. Dr. Wozniak is currently a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA). From 2014-2015, she served as Senior Economist to the White House Council of Economic Advisers and from 2008-09 was a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University.  Prior to moving to Minneapolis, she was Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Notre Dame. She is a graduate of Harvard University (PhD) and the University of Chicago (AB). View Dr.  Wozniak’s full bio here.

David E. Altig, Executive Vice President and Director of Research, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Dr. David E. Altig is executive vice president and director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. In addition to advising the Bank president on monetary policy and related matters, Dr. Altig oversees the Bank’s Research Division, which includes the Bank’s team of economists, the Regional Economic Information Network, and the Bank’s Community Economic Development function.  In this role, Dr. Altig leads the Atlanta Fed’s research and engagement portfolio on benefits cliffs. He also serves as a member of the Bank’s Management and Discount Committees, and is the executive co-sponsor of the Bank’s Working Families Employee Resource Network.

Dr. Altig is an adjunct professor of economics in the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. He is currently the Vice President-elect of the National Association for Business Economics, for which he served as director from 2016 to 2019. He is also a member of the advisory council of the Global Interdependence Center and serves on the board of the Konstanz Seminar on Monetary Theory and Policy. He has past and pending published research in several prominent professional journals, including the American Economic Review, the Journal of Econometrics, the Journal of Monetary Economics, and the National Tax Journal.

Prior to joining the Atlanta Fed, Dr. Altig served as vice president and associate director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. He joined the Cleveland Fed in 1991 as an economist before being promoted in 1997. Before joining the Cleveland Fed, Dr. Altig was a faculty member in the department of business economics and public policy at Indiana University. He has lectured at several other universities, including the Ohio State University, Case Western Reserve University, Duke University, the University of Iowa, and the University of Wisconsin, as well as in the Chinese Executive MBA program sponsored by the University of Minnesota and Lingnan College of Sun Yat-Sen University.

Dr. Altig graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in economics from Brown University.

He and his wife Pam have four children, six grandchildren, and one great granddaughter.