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Ins and outs of economic forecasting scrutinized

Feb. 2, 2010

KALAMAZOO--A series of lectures on the latest advances in economic forecasting continues Wednesday, Feb. 10, when an expert in monetary and financial economics visits the Western Michigan University campus.

Dr. Dennis Jansen, professor of economics and the Mary Julia and George R. Jordan Professor in the Private Enterprise Research Center at Texas A&M University, will speak from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Room 3508 of Knauss Hall as part of the 46th annual Werner Sichel Lecture Series.

Jansen earned his doctoral degree in economics in 1983 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has held research and teaching positions at the National University of Ireland-Galway, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Indiana University-Bloomington, North Carolina State University, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Catholic University Leuven and Maastricht University.

Jansen has published nearly 50 research papers in professional journals and books, two textbooks and a number of other writings. Recent articles have appeared in Economic Inquiry, International Journal of Forecasting, Journal of Econometrics, Journal of Public Economics and Journal of Urban Economics. He is currently co-editor of Economic Inquiry.

Jansen has received grants from the National Science Foundation and the State of Texas and was a Fulbright Scholar in 2008.

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 cosponsored 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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