What’s Next? Unconventional Wisdom on the Future of the World Economy

International Roundtable

August 18, 2011: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The world spins in economic turmoil, and who can tell what will happen next? Cold numbers and simple statistical projections don't take into account social, financial, or political factors that can dramatically alter the economic course of a nation or a region. In this unique book, more than twenty leading economists and experts render thorough, rigorously researched prognoses for the world's major economies over the next five years.


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Factoring in such varied issues as the price of oil, the strength of the U.S. dollar, geopolitics, tax policies, and new developments in investment decision making, the contributors ground their predictions in the realities of current events, political conditions, and the health of financial institutions in each national economy.

The most comprehensive volume on the global economy available today, this book presents up-to-date research on Russia, Australia, Europe, sub-Saharan and South Africa, the major Asian economies, North America, and the largest economies of Latin America. With unsurpassed expertise, the authors explain what's going on in individual countries, how important current global issues will impact them, and what economic scenarios they most likely will face in upcoming years.

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The book will be available for purchase and signing by the editors. Plan now to attend this engaging session. 


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6:00 PM - 6:30 PM: Networking

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM: Presentation

8:00 PM - 9:00 PM: Drinks at The Midway Club, Fifth Floor


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Deadline: 8/18/2011

Speaker Profiles

David Hale (Speaker)
Chairman, David Hale Global Economics

David Hale is a Chicago-based global economist whose clients include asset management companies in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. He is the founding chairman of David Hale Global Economics. Mr. Hale serves as the global economic advisor to the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. He formerly worked as chief economist for Kemper Financial Services from 1977 to 1995 and Zurich Financial Services, which he joined as chief economist when it purchased Kemper in 1995. He advised the group's fund management and insurance operations on both the economic outlook and a wide range of public policy issues until 2002, when he founded David Hale Global Economics.

Mr. Hale holds a B.Sc. degree in international economic affairs from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a M.Sc. degree in economics from the London School of Economics.

Mr. Hale is a member of the National Association of Business Economists, the New York Society of Security Analysts, National Business Economics Issue Council, Academic Advisory Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and Competitive Markets Advisory Council of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. He writes on a broad range of economic subjects and his articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the New York Times, the Nihon Keizai Shimbun, the Australian Financial Review, Harvard Business Review, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, National Interest, and other publications. He has frequently testified before Congressional committees on domestic and international economic policy issues, and has done briefings for senior officials in the executive branch, including former President George W. Bush.

In September 1990, the New York chapter of the National Association of Business Economists conferred upon Mr. Hale the William F. Butler Award.

Lyric Hughes Hale (Speaker)
Editor-in-Chief, EconVue, Inc.

Lyric Hughes Hale is an analyst and contributor to a range of publications, including the Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Current History and Institutional Investor. China Takes Off, published in Foreign Affairs in 2003 and written jointly with her husband David Hale, is one of the most oft-cited surveys of China's economic ascendency. Their newest publication, "What's Next? Unconventional Wisdom on the Future of the World Economy" was published in 2011 by Yale University Press.

Ms. Hale has addressed audiences at the World Economic Forum, the Brookings Institution, the Aspen Ideas Festival, and the Foreign Correspondent's Club in Tokyo. She has lectured at major universities and business schools including Stanford, Northwestern, Harvard and the University of Chicago.

She was founder and publisher of the path-breaking daily publication China Online from 1998-2003, providing China business news in English on the web. She assembled a sixty-person bilingual editorial and technical team headquartered in Chicago with operations in China. She was named as one of the "25 Women of Small Business" by FORTUNE Magazine in 2001 for her visionary efforts utilizing new communications technologies across national boundaries in order to meet the growing need for information about the Chinese market.

Throughout the 1980's and 1990's, Ms. Hale served as CEO of Hughes International. The company developed market entry strategies and created and managed multilingual print and broadcast campaigns for technology-focused companies such as Hughes Aircraft, Microsoft, Motorola, AT&T, and Apple Computer. She served as US advertising representative for three hundred Chinese media companies, including the People's Daily and China Central Television. Ms Hale bought the rights and produced the first telecast of the Super Bowl in China in 1986.

Ms. Hale studied Japanese, Russian and French at Northwestern University, Italian at the Universita per Stranieri in Perugia, Italy, and graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. She has lived and studied in Europe, Japan and Iran. She first went to China in 1979, and has been a frequent visitor since. As a life-long Asianist, her scholarly interests include Chinese monetary policy during the 1930's, Iranian affairs, and the role of the media in developing countries, especially China.

Ms. Hale is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, the Australian- American Leadership Dialogue, and is a member of the board of governors of the Japan America Society of Chicago. She founded Women in International Trade (WIT), and was the first female president in the sixty-year history of the International Trade Club of Chicago. She serves on the advisory board of Pasfarda which encourages and supports cultural exchanges between the US and Iran. She is a member of the board of the National Iranian American Council.

Ms. Hale and her husband reside in the Chicago area, and have a combined total of five children and a grandchild.


Karl L. Buschmann, '85 


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