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Visiting economist discusses regional forecasting

Oct. 28, 2009

KALAMAZOO--A series of presentations looking at the advances and difficulties of economic forecasting will take a closer look at making regional forecasts when the Sichel Lecture Series continues Wednesday, Nov. 4, at Western Michigan University.

Dr. David E. Rapach, an associate professor of economics and research economist at the Simon Center for Regional Forecasting at Saint Louis University, will speak from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Room 3512, Knauss Hall. His presentation is titled "Forecasting Regional and Industry-Level Variables: Challenges and Strategies" and is free and open to the public.

In addition to his duties at Saint Louis University, Rapach serves as a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. His research interests include time-series econometrics, forecasting, macroeconomics, international finance and financial economics.

Rapach completed his doctoral degree at American University in 1994 and has been a member of the faculty at American University, Trinity College-Washington and Seattle University.

Rapach has published numerous articles in leading journals in economics and finance, including the Review of Financial Studies: Journal of Empirical Finance; Economic Inquiry; Journal of Applied Econometrics; Journal of International Economics; Journal of International Money and Finance; Journal of Money, Credit and Banking; Journal of Urban Economics; International Journal of Forecasting; and Journal of Forecasting.

He serves on the board of editors of the Atlantic Economic Journal and is co-editor of the volume "Forecasting in the Presence of Structural Breaks and Model Uncertainty."

The Sichel Series is organized by the WMU Department of Economics and named in honor of longtime WMU economics professor, Dr. Werner Sichel, who retired in 2004. The series is co-sponsored by the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.

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Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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