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AUBER Roundtables

2021 Roundtable Series

Keep up to date with the latest economic data, research methods, and topics that are unique to AUBER centers. Our roundtables are designed to be of value not only to center directors and research communicators but also to other researchers and students within your organization. There are no fees and you do not need to register; however, there is limited availability for each event.

Past Roundtables

As 2020 drew to a close, the federal government had approved over $3 trillion in stimulus funding (equivalent to about 15% of GDP) and the Federal Reserve increased its balance sheet by $3 trillion (near 75%) in response to the COVID-19 recession. After extended negotiation in Congress, an additional $1.9 trillion in federal fiscal relief will soon hit the US economy.

A number of states began to consider state-sponsored stimulus programs as the initial round of federal funding began to wane in the fall of 2020, amidst uncertainty about magnitude and type of additional federal support and a retrenching of the economy. Among other policies, these programs include boosting unemployment benefits, providing businesses with emergency loans, and making targeted infrastructure investments. While states are constrained by balanced budgets, some states have found capacity for these stimulus programs in unexpected revenue surpluses after early-pandemic spending cuts. There is debate about the capacity for and efficacy of local stimulus.

Join this roundtable to hear expert insights on the current state of state budgets, lessons learned from the Great Recession, and how these policies are playing out at the state level.

View the panelists’ bios on our blog here!

The U.S. Economic Outlook During Covid-19 Times: FOMO Transitions into FOGO – June 4, 3 PM EST

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Is the Fear Of Missing Out Transitioning into the Fear of Going Out?

From stay-at-home orders and quarantines to record unemployment and business closures, the coronavirus pandemic has changed our world over the past few months. Of course, everyone is wondering what the economic impact will be from Covid-19, and in many cases, economists and researchers are called upon by policymakers, media, and government agencies to answer that question.

Join us on Thursday, June 4th at 3 p.m. EST for the AUBER roundtable on the U.S. economic outlook featuring Rajeev Dhawan, Zwerner Chair of Economic Forecasting and director of the Economic Forecasting Center at the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University.  Dhawan will address a few of the issues below, and then we’ll have time for a Q&A session.

  1. Can the Fall travel season be saved?
  2. Will deflation be followed by inflation or vice versa?
  3. Is the 10-year bond rate heading for 2.0%? When?
  4. What do the above 3 questions mean for the shape of the recovery?

When: Thursday, June 4th at 3 p.m. EST

Featured Speaker: Rajeev Dhawan, Zwerner Chair of Economic Forecasting and Director of the Economic Forecasting Center at the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University

Welcome: AUBER President Patrick Barkey, Bureau of Business and Economic Research, University of Montana

Moderator: Richard Wobbekind, Business Research Division, University of Colorado Boulder

Census Differential Privacy – Is Your State and Your Economic Research Center Ready? – January 21, 2020

Census Differential Privacy Video