Economic Outlook 2019 Speakers


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Steven J. Davis

William H. Abbott Distinguished Service Professor of International Business and Economics

Steven J. Davis studies labor market outcomes, business performance, economic fluctuations, and uncertainty. He is a co-creator of the Economic Policy Uncertainty Indices, and he co-organizes the Asian Monetary Policy Forum, held annually in Singapore. He is also a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, advisor to the US Congressional Budget Office, visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, and past editor of the American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics. Davis is speaking at the Hong Kong event.

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Austan D. Goolsbee

Robert P. Gwinn Professor of Economics

Austan D. Goolsbee previously served in Washington as the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers and a member of the president's cabinet. His research has earned him recognition as a Fulbright Scholar and an Alfred P. Sloan fellow. He has been named one of the 100 Global Leaders for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum. Goolsbee is speaking at the Chicago event.

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Erik Hurst

V. Duane Rath Professor of Economics, Deputy Director of the Becker Friedman Institute, and John E. Jeuck Faculty Fellow

Erik Hurst is a macroeconomist whose work focuses on housing markets, labor markets, and household financial behavior. He is a member of the Economic Fluctuations Group, Aging Group, and Public Economics Group at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He currently serves as the editor of the Journal of Political Economy and as a consultant to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Hurst is speaking at the New York event.

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Randall S. Kroszner

Deputy Dean for Executive Programs and Norman R. Bobins Professor of Economics

Randall S. Kroszner served as a governor of the Federal Reserve System from 2006 until 2009. He chaired the committee on Supervision and Regulation of Banking Institutions and the committee on Consumer and Community Affairs. He took a leading role in developing responses to the financial crisis and in undertaking new initiatives to improve consumer protection and disclosure. Kroszner is speaking at the New York, Chicago, and Hong Kong events.

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Raghuram G. Rajan

Katherine Dusak Miller Distinguished Service Professor of Finance

Raghuram G. Rajan was the twenty-third governor of the Reserve Bank of India from September 2013 to September 2016. Between 2003 and 2006, he was the chief economist and director of research at the International Monetary Fund. Rajan’s research interests are in banking, corporate finance, and economic development, especially the role played by finance. Rajan is speaking at the Chicago event.

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Richard Wong, AB ’74, AM ’74, PhD ’81 (Economics)

Professor of Economics, Philip Wong Kennedy Wong Professor in Political Economy, University of Hong Kong

Yue Chim Richard Wong is founding director of the Hong Kong Centre for Economic Research since 1987 and the Hong Kong Institute of Economics and Business Strategy since 1999. His research focuses on the political economy of public policy—property, housing, labor and population—and regional economic development in China. He was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 2000. He is chairman of the council, Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics at the university. Wong is speaking at the Hong Kong event.

Event Moderators


Kathleen Hays

Kathleen Hays

Global Economics and Policy Editor for Bloomberg Television and Radio

Kathleen Hays covers the global economy and central banks and the policymakers who run them. Recognized as one of the top economics reporters and anchors in the country, she has covered the US economy and the Federal Reserve for more than 30 years, and recently broadened her coverage to Europe and Asia. Hays can be seen and heard on “Bloomberg Daybreak Asia,” “Bloomberg Asia Markets,” and on Bloomberg Radio’s “Bloomberg Markets P.M.” Hays is moderating the New York and Chicago events.


Angie Lau

Founder, Lead Anchor at Forkast.News

Angie Lau is an award-winning global journalist and business thought leader based in Asia’s most dynamic business hub, Hong Kong, where she most recently was one of Bloomberg Television’s key anchors. As founder of Narramur, a communications firm based on narrative and technology, she now advises disruptive, global tech companies. Lau is also co-founder and head of Forkast.News, a digital news network on all things blockchain and cryptocurrency. Lau is moderating the Hong Kong event.