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OSU Spears School of Business will host 2015 Economic Outlook Conference

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Center for Applied Economic Research in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University will present the 2015 Oklahoma Economic Outlook report on Dec. 2 at the Metro Tech Centers–Springlake Campus in Oklahoma City. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., with the conference from 9 a.m. to noon. The Oklahoma State Econometric Model is used to compile the report, which provides information on the probable performance of the Oklahoma economy in the upcoming year. The OSU econometric model is in its 35th year of development and is the state’s only large-scale econometric forecasting model. The theme of this year’s conference is “Education and the Oklahoma Economy.”
Dan Rickman
Dan Rickman, OSU Regents professor of economics in the Spears School, will present his report on the economic outlook for the state of Oklahoma. “Will the robust growth of the state and national economies continue next year? Risks to continued growth include the slowing growth in China and the threat of recession in Europe,” said Rickman. “An additional concern for Oklahoma is the recent decline in oil prices. How the national and Oklahoma economies most likely will fare next year and more will be topics of the OSU Economic Outlook Conference.” Other featured speakers include Hongbo Wang, OSU doctoral student in the department of economics and legal studies in business, addressing how salaries may affect retention of teachers in public schools, and John Winters, assistant professor in the department of economics and legal studies in business, addressing college education, regional economic benefits, and the impact of public policies. Deidre Myers, deputy secretary of commerce for workplace development at the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, will be speaking on Oklahoma’s Career Pathways. Chad Wilkerson, vice president, branch executive and economist at the Oklahoma City branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, will address national economic conditions. Also present to give a welcome will be Ken Eastman, dean of the Spears School, and Marcie Mack, interim director of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education in Stillwater. The conference is co-hosted by the State Department of Career Technology. Registration for the Economic Outlook Conference is $75 per person. To register or for more information, visit, or contact Kelle Scott at 405-744-8679 or 866-678-3933 or by email at
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