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OSU Spears School of Business will host Economic Outlook Conference in December

Monday, November 30, 2015

The Center for Applied Economic Research in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University will present the 2016 Oklahoma Economic Outlook report on Dec. 8 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 36th year of development and is the state’s only large-scale econometric forecasting model.

Dan Rickman, OSU Regents professor of economics in the Spears School, will present his report on the 2016 economic outlook for the state of Oklahoma.

Other featured speakers include Hongbo Wang, associate director for the Center of Applied Economic Research in the Spears School, presenting the employment forecasts for every county in Oklahoma, and Jim Huntzinger, executive vice president and chief investment officer for the Bank of Oklahoma Financial Corporation, reporting the national economic forecast.

Also, Matt Hendricks, assistant professor of economics in the Henry Kendall College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Tulsa, will address teacher’s salaries and the teacher workforce in Oklahoma, and Ken Miller, Oklahoma State Treasurer, will address the recurring problem of nonrecurring revenue in the state of Oklahoma.

“Forecasts will be presented for national, state and local economic conditions. A focal point of the forecasts will be the expected trajectory of the energy sector. Other presentations will include discussion of Oklahoma teacher salaries and discussion of state budgetary trends,” said Rickman.

Welcoming the conference attendees will be Rickman and Marcie Mack, 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. Sponsorships are still available.

To register or for more information, visit, or contact Kelle Scott at 405-744-5208 or 866-678-3933, or by email at

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