52nd Winter Institute to discuss local, world economic issues

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The 52nd annual Winter Institute at St. Cloud State University will feature a keynote presentation by Harvard University professor and co-director of the Public Economics group at the National Bureau of Economic Research Raj Chetty along with its business panel discussion and workshops.
This year’s program takes place Feb. 12-13 in Atwood Memorial Center. Hosted by the Department of Economics and the School of Public Affairs, the Winter Institute gathers the best minds in the region and the country to share their thoughts and ideas on various economic issues with attendees from Minnesota and the Midwest.
Chetty’s research combines empirical evidence and theory to inform the design of more effective government policies. He received his doctorate in 2003 at the age of 23, is editor of the Journal of Public Economics and was named one of the top economists in the world by the New York Times and The Economist magazine.
The keynote at 1 p.m. Feb. 12, titled "Where is the Land of Opportunity? The Geography of Intergenerational Mobility in the United States,” and the business outlook panel at 5 p.m. Feb. 13 are free. Registration fees for other events range from $25 to $50, some of which is refundable. There also will be a 15th anniversary celebration of the Quarterly Business Report (QBR) following the business panel. QBR is compiled and written by St. Cloud State economics professors King Banaian and Rich MacDonald and published in the St. Cloud Times.
This year’s business outlook panel will include: Banaian; David Jeppson, chief investment officer for the private client group of U.S. Bank; professor Mark Partridge, a former St. Cloud State economics professor who is now at Ohio State University and was one of the original authors of QBR; and Matthew Schoeppner, an economist at Minnesota Management and Budget.
Workshops for K-12 teachers will explore engaging ways to teach students economics and personal finance. Professor workshops will include seminars on teaching economics online and a roundtable discussion/fed presentation. Presenters include college professors, high school instructors and education specialists from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. 


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