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SIMON CENTER FOR REGIONAL FORECASTING

The Simon Center focuses on Regional Forecasting of the Metropolitan area of Saint Louis and the State of Missouri and provides many avenues for community outreach, collaboration, and partnership with businesses in the metropolitan area. Using the latest advances in econometrics and statistical forecasting, the Center provides quantitative forecasts of important economic variables, including Employment, Unemployment, and Real Personal Income, for the Metropolitan Area of Saint Louis and the State of Missouri.

On March 22, 2012, the Simon Center  will host a conference: "Recession, Recovery...Relapse?". The conference will cover Economic Forecasts for 2012 for St. Louis, MO and the US. It will present a regional look at risks to recovery including the European crisis and rising oil prices as well as a look into Federal Reserve forecasting. We invite you to the conversation and welcome your questions concerning the evolving economic and employment outlook.

Featured speakers include:

MICHAEL McCRACKEN    Research Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of St.Louis


DAVID RAPACH    Associate Professor of Saint Louis University, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Visiting Scholar


JACK STRAUSS    Director of the Simon Center for Regional Forecasting, Saint Louis University


On March 1st 2011, the Simon Center  hosted a conference: "Is St. Louis Positioned for Growth? It will present 2011 Economic Forecasts for our region and the US along with discussions concerning U.S growth prospects, and what's next for the St. Louis economy and small businesses. We invite questions concerning the evolving economic and employment outlook. The conference was held in the AB Auditorium, John Cook School of Business, Saint Louis University. 3674 Lindell Blvd.

Featured speakers and their presentations included:
Gary Thayer Chief Macro Strategist, Chairman of the Investment Strategy Committee, Wells Fargo Advisors.

Jerome Katz Coleman Foundation Professor of Entrepreneurship 
Saint Louis University. Presentation.

David Rapach Research Associate, Simon Center for Regional Forecasting Saint Louis University. Presentation.


Jack Strauss Simon Professor of Economics, Saint Louis University

Director of the Simon Center for Regional Forecasting Saint Louis University. Presentation.


The Simon Center
forecasts for 2010 and the Jobs Report are located here.

Jerome Katz's presentation on the small business climate small business climate in St. Louis and James Morley's discussion of the Shape of our recovery are also available.

On October 29, 2009, the Simon Center hosted a conference: Are We Out of the Woods Yet? Prospects for the US Recovery and What's Next for the Stock Market, Banks and Jobs.

Gary Thayer, Senior Economist, Wells Fargo Advisors, spoke on the nation's health and stock market prospects, and his presentation is found here.   

Mark J. Ross, Managing Director, Investment Banking Financial Institutions Group, Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, presented on the nation's banks and his slides can be downloaded here.

Jack Strauss, Simon Chair of Economics, Director of the Simon Center for Regional Forecasting, Saint Louis University, discussed the region's income, employment and housing prospects, and his presentation can be found here

The Simon Center hosted a conference: The Outlook for Economic and Financial Market Conditions in 2009: Forecasts for the U.S., Missouri and St. Louis. It was held Wednesday, February 25, 2009, at the John Cook School of Business, Saint Louis University.

Ken Matheny, Senior Economist from Macroeconomic Advisors, gave an outlook for the US economy and his presentation is available here.  

Jack Strauss, Simon Chair of Economics and Director of the Simon Center for Regional Forecasting, presented the Simon Center's forecastsand presentation.  

David Rapach, Associate Professor of Economics, discussed forecsasting the stock market and his outlook that can be viewed hereThis paper is forthcoming at Review of Financial Studies.

 
In 2008, the Simon Center offered two conferences: the first on prospects for the Dollar, and the second focused on housing prices both locally and nationally.
 
The Center is a nonprofit academic research unit funded by an endowment generously supported by John Simon. It funds research activities consistent with the center's objective, and may include, for instance, projects related to regional evaluation and forecasting.