Economic Outlook 2020 Speakers


2020 Goolsbee

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 spoke at the Chicago event.

EO 2020 Veronica Guerrieri

Veronica Guerrieri

Ronald E. Tarrson Professor of Economics and Willard Graham Faculty Scholar

Veronica Guerrieri studies macroeconomics, labor and financial market frictions, search theory, dynamic contracting, and growth theory. She has been a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research since 2013, and she has been a consultant at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago since 2014. Guerrieri spoke at the London event.

Chang-Tai-Hsieh EO 2020

Chang-Tai Hsieh

Phyllis and Irwin Winkelried Professor of Economics and PCL Faculty Scholar

Hsieh conducts research on growth and development. He has been a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Banks of San Francisco, New York, and Minneapolis, as well as the World Bank's Development Economics Group and the Economic Planning Agency in Japan. Hsieh spoke at the Hong Kong event.

Kroszner Speaker

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 spoke at the Chicago, Hong Kong, and London events.

EO 2020 Brent Neiman

Brent Neiman

Edward Eagle Brown Professor of Economics and William Ladany Faculty Scholar

Brent Neiman served as the staff economist for international finance on the White House Council of Economic Advisers. He conducts research on international macroeconomics and trade, and serves as the director of the Initiative on International Economics at the Becker Friedman Institute. Neiman spoke at the London event.

Rajan EO speaker

Raghuram G. Rajan

Katherine Dusak Miller Distinguished Service Professor of Finance

Raghuram G. Rajan was the 23rd 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 spoke at the Chicago event.

Richard Wong 2020

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 has been 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 spoke 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 moderated the Chicago event.

Henny Sender 2020 EO

Henny Sender

Chief Correspondent, International Finance, Financial Times

Henny Sender is an award-winning journalist who serves as chief correspondent for international finance at the Financial Times, based in New York and Hong Kong. Before joining the FT in 2007, she was the senior special writer for money and investing at the Wall Street Journal, where she was part of a team that won a Loeb award. Her work has also received a citation from the Overseas Press Club, and she was a finalist for the National Magazine Awards. Sender’s book on India, The Kashmiri Pandits, was published by Oxford University Press. She moderated the Hong Kong event.

Henry Curr

Henry Curr

Economics Editor, The Economist

As economics editor, Curr is The Economist’s principal leader writer on economics, and oversees economics coverage throughout the newspaper. He has written or cowritten cover stories on fiscal and monetary policy, labor markets, trade, central banks, competition policy, the future of the business cycle, globalization, taxation, trade, housing markets, inequality, public debt, “millennial socialism,” and the COVID-19 pandemic. His journalism has been frequently cited by policymakers in Europe and America, including his October 2019 special report on inflation, which ran as the cover story, “The world economy’s strange new rules." Curr moderated the London event.