What’s Ahead for the Economy?

Posted On February 6, 2017 by Jenifer Shockley
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Rajeev Dhawan

Rajeev Dhawan

On Wednesday, February 22, Rajeev Dhawan will helm his 65th Economic Forecasting Conference since joining Robinson as Economic Forecasting Center director in fall 2000. Here, he discusses the conference theme, guest speakers and what he will cover in his presentation.

What is the theme for the upcoming Economic Forecasting Conference?

The theme for the first Economic Forecasting Conference of the year — we hold four, one each quarter — is always real estate. I began planning this conference as soon as the last one concluded on November 16, 2016, one week after Donald Trump was elected president.

The real estate themed conference is especially timely after a new president is inaugurated, because a new administration usually puts us in a new economic environment, which of course affects real estate.

Who are the guest speakers?

The three guest speakers will address different aspects of the residential real estate market.

We’ll start at the national level, with Mark Palim, deputy chief economist of Fannie Mae, who will outline major drivers in the U.S. housing market for 2017.

Then, John Hunt of MarketNSight and ViaSearch will talk about what he characterizes as housing’s “new normal” and moderation in the new housing market, both nationally and here in the Atlanta metro area. John is a return speaker, back by popular demand: At last February’s conference he correctly projected 2016 new home starts for Atlanta and the U.S.

Finally, Frank Norton — also back by popular demand — will describe Georgia’s housing market beyond the Atlanta region and the dynamics propelling housing activity across the Peach State, with a focus on North Georgia and other areas where we’re seeing a renaissance in manufacturing activity as well as more people buying second homes.

What will you discuss?

As always I will present two forecasts, one for the nation, the other for Georgia and Atlanta. I will provide a look at the big picture, how the economy is going to evolve this year and for several years down the road.

I’m still preparing my forecasts so I don’t want to address particulars just yet. I’ll certainly discuss how economic policy may change, the outlook for growth, inflation and interest rate hikes, as well as potential activity in the corporate sector and what may be ahead for global trade.

How can folks attend?

Register! It’s complimentary for students, faculty and staff, and $200 for all others. Pre-registration, which ends Friday, February 17, is required.

Register now