What's Next?

Business Book Roundtable

December 6, 2011: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

David Hale and Lyric Hughes Hale present "What's Next? Unconventional Wisdom on the Future of the World Economy."


Chicago Booth Gleacher Center
Room 100
450 City Front Plaza Drive
Chicago, Illinois

Event Details

David Hale & Lyric Hughes Hale Present What's Next? - Unconventional Wisdom on the Future of the World Economy

Book Summary:

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. 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.

David Hale and Lyric Hughes Hale have edited a compendium of essays by more than twenty leading independent economists and experts from around the world, What's Next?: Unconventional Wisdom on the Future of the World Economy, which forecasts the outlook for key regions and concepts that will shape the global economy in the years ahead.

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The book is now available for purchase on at the following link:

"What's Next?: Unconventional Wisdom on the Future of the World Economy"


Registration Fee: $15 for alumni, students and guests. Credit card payment on-line. Book not included.


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Deadline: 12/6/2011

Speaker Profiles

David Hale (Speaker)
Global Economist, David Hale Global Econmics

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.

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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 KeizaiShimbun, 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.

Lyric Hughes Hale (Speaker)
Analyst and Contributor to a range of publications

Lyric Hughes Hale is an accomplished China analyst and speaker. Her research focuses on the challenges faced by China as a result of the world economic downturn, Chinese monetary policy, and the role of China in the media.

She studied at Northwestern University and graduated from the University of Chicago, with a degree in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. She has traveled to more than 50 countries. Her global network reflects her many interests in the worlds of media, technology, academia, and government policy.

In 1998 Ms Hale founded China Online, a pioneering website for English speakers based upon original Chinese-language sources. China Online was named one of the "Top Ten New Internet Companies" by Inc Magazine, "Top Ten Website" by CNN, and was included in Forbes "Best of the Web" in 1999 and 2000. Ms Hale was included as one of the "25 Women of Small Business" by FORTUNE Magazine in 2001 for her visionary efforts utilizing new communications technologies to cross national boundaries and meet the growing need for information about the Chinese market.


Mary Kupjack, '79 
Chairman, Business Book Roundtable