Association for University
Business and Economic Research

A national association of regional
economic research centers

AUBER Webinars

Keep up to date with the latest economic data, research methods, and topics that are unique to AUBER centers. Our roundtable webinars are designed to be of value not only to center directors and research communicators but also to other researchers and students within your organization. Registration is required in advance for these free events.

UPCOMING

RECENT

September 15, 2022

Economics of Housing

Over the past 20 years, the housing market has bubbled, burst, lagged, lulled, and boomed once more. Our panel of housing experts will make sense of trends in the housing market and where it might go next, as well as explore larger issues in the housing discussion.

WELCOME
James McCafferty, Western Washington University

ECONOMIC UPDATE
Jennifer Green, Jacksonville State University

PANELISTS

  • Andrew Sanderford, University of Virginia

  • Ken Simonson, Associated General Contractors of America

  • Holi Urbas, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

MODERATOR
Vanessa Fry, Boise State University

July 28, 2022

Demystifying Labor Force Participation

Since early 2020, we have experienced a labor shortage, leading to a lower labor participation rate. There have been a variety of factors that have contributed to this decline. Chris Chmura analyzed what’s happened to the labor force, explained the decreasing labor force participation rate by demographics and discussed ways to bring people back to work.

KEYNOTE
Christine Chmura, PhD
CEO and chief economist of Chmura Economics & Analytics

SPEAKERS
Rajeev Dhawan
, Georgia State University
James McCafferty, Western Washington University

MODERATOR
Vanessa Fry
, Boise State University

June 16, 2022

Deglobalization: Effects on U.S. Industry Sectors, Regions and the Macroeconomy

Treyz discussed recent trends which are shifting the international framework toward deglobalization following decades of worldwide economic integration.

KEYNOTE
Fred Treyz
, PhD
AUBER Board of Directors and president and CEO of Regional Economic Models, Inc. (REMI)

SPEAKERS
John Deskins
, West Virginia University
James McCafferty, Western Washington University

MODERATOR
Edward Alden
, Council on Foreign Relations

April 28, 2022

The World Outlook after Ukraine

Drury discussed the major forces affecting U.S. growth before the Russia-Ukraine war, and how the war has impacted commodities markets and the overall global economic health.

KEYNOTE
Michael J. Drury
, chief economist at McVean Trading and Investments, LLC

SPEAKERS
James McCafferty, Western Washington University
Juliette Tennert, Utah System of Higher Education

MODERATOR
Rajeev Dhawan
, Georgia State University

April 1, 2021

State Fiscal Stimulus: How Are Unanticipated Revenue Surpluses Helping States?

How are unanticipated revenue surpluses helping states? 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.

PANELISTS
Kathryn Vesey White, National Association of State Budget Officers

Jason Saving, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Kate Watkins, Colorado State Legislature

August 20, 2020

The Effects of COVID-19 on Real Estate: A Regional Perspective

This video discusses changes in regional real estate markets since the onset of COVID-19.

SPEAKER
Dr. Luis Torres, research economist, Real Estate Center, Texas A&M University

MODERATOR
Bruce Kellison, University of Texas at Austin

August 13, 2020

COVID-19: What Does Your State’s Rebound Look Like?

Our roundtable features AUBER units from each region of the country discussing their state’s economic progress during the COVID-19 pandemic. Regional patterns of economic recovery are the focus, including the relationship between economic structure and job loss. Members from Massachusetts, Nebraska, Arkansas, and Idaho share their stories.

PANELISTS
Vanessa Fry, Boise State University

Mervin Jebaraj, University of Arkansas

Rod Motamedi, University of Massachusetts

Eric Thompson, University of Nebraska Lincoln

INTRODUCTION
Patrick Barkey, University of Montana

MODERATOR
Jeffrey Michael, University of the Pacific

July 23, 2020

Stay-In-Place Orders and Social Distancing Behavior During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Learn about the effectiveness of stay-in-place orders and the social distancing behaviors of Hoosiers during the COVID-19 pandemic in this two-part roundtable panel featuring expert researchers from Ball State University.

PANELISTS
Srikant Devaraj, Research Economist/Research Assistant Professor, Center for Business and Economic Research

Erik Nesson, Associate Professor of Economics, Department of Economics

INTRODUCTION
Patrick Barkey, University of Montana

MODERATOR
Michael J. Hicks, Director, Center for Business and Economic Research and the George and Frances Ball Distinguished Professor of Economics

July 16, 2020

Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Regional Economies – REMI

The COVID-19 pandemic has precipitated a deep economic crisis across the U.S., but its effects have not been felt evenly. States and cities have been affected differentially, both as a result of the virus’s natural dynamics (e.g., hitting the tightly packed travel hub of NYC particularly hard early on) and policy responses (e.g., stay-at-home orders, economic shutdowns, re-openings) that varied widely across jurisdictions. As the nation continues to chart its path forward, it is important to understand not only the top-level impacts of the economic recession, but also how those impacts differ from region to region.

PANELISTS
Dr. Chris Christopher, Chief Economist, New York State Division of Budget

Dr. Terry Rephann, Regional Economist, University of Virginia

Christopher Brown, Director of Policy and Research, Common Sense Institute

INTRODUCTION
Patrick Barkey, University of Montana

MODERATOR
Dr. Peter Evangelakis, Vice President of Economics, REMI

July 1, 2020

StoryTelling With FRED: Dashboards on Employment and More During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Build story-telling skills through data visualization tools, with a focus on the Covid-19 pandemic. We will discuss how to present FRED data in different ways – as a graph, a map, a table, or a single number – and then compile the visualizations into a dashboard relevant to your topic of research or your geographical region. Because the numbers and figures in a FRED dashboard update automatically, every time the series update the stories they tell stay fresh and compelling.

In the last year alone, the FRED team has added over 200,000 new time series and improved several key features, such as the search tool. Join us for a discussion on data visualizations with FRED, follow along and create your own dashboard, or chime in and ask about your favorite FRED data and features.

PANELISTS
Maria A. Arias, FRED Data Engineer

Yvetta Fortova, FRED Product Owner

Diego Menedez-Carbajo, FRED Senior Economic Education Specialist

MODERATOR
Patrick Barkey
, University of Montana

June 18, 2020

Regional Economic Forecasting: How Has COVID-19 Impacted Tourism in Colorado, Florida & Nevada?

This AUBER webinar features regional economic forecasting, with a special emphasis on how COVID-19 has impacted tourism. We will hear from a panel of experts in three states where tourism is a major part of the economy.

PANELISTS
Richard Wobbekind,
University of Colorado Boulder

Sean Snaith, University of Central Florida

Stephen Miller, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

INTRODUCTION
Patrick Barkey
, University of Montana

MODERATOR
Kathy Deck
, University of Alabama

January 21, 2020

Census Differential Privacy: Is Your State and Your Economic Research Center Ready?

Differential Privacy User Implications

Elizabeth Garner, Colorado Department of Local Affairs

Title 13, Differential Privacy, and the 2020 Decennial Census

Michael Hawes, U.S. Census Bureau