U-M economist takes broad look at Great Recession in Sichel talk

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Photo of Dr. Kathryn Dominguez.


KALAMAZOO, Mich.—A University of Michigan economist will a take the long view of the Great Recession in March when she visits Western Michigan University as part of the 2014-15 Werner Sichel Lecture Series.

Dr. Kathryn Dominguez, a professor of public policy and economics at the University of Michigan, will speak at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, in 2028 Brown Hall. Her presentation is free and open to the public and is titled "International Dimensions of the Great Recession and the Weak Recovery."

Kathryn Dominguez

In addition to being a professor of economics, Dominguez is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Her research interests include topics in international financial markets and macroeconomics, and her recent work focuses on European economics in the Great Recession and how exchange rates and reserve management impact their recovery.

Dominguez has written numerous research articles on foreign exchange rate behavior, published in the American Economic Review, European Economic Review, Journal of Monetary Economics, Journal of International Economics, Carnegie-Rochester Series on Public Policy, Journal of International Money and Finance and many more.

She earned a doctoral degree from Yale University and also taught at the Kennedy School of Government, the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, the London School of Economics and the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley. She also was a research consultant for the Federal Reserve System, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the Bank for International Settlements.

Dominguez is on the editorial board of the Journal of International Economics, Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money and Review of International Economics.

Upcoming presentations

This year's Sichel Series carries the theme "Lessons from the Great Recession" and features leading economists from across the country. Other dates, presenters and topics in this year's series are:

  • March 25: Dr. Barry Eichengreen, the George C. Pardee and Helen N. Pardee Professor of Economics and professor of political science at the University of California-Berkeley, "Hall of Mirrors: The Great Depression, the Great Recession and the Uses and Misuses of History."
  • April 8: Dr. Till von Wachter, associate professor of economics at the University of California-Los Angeles, "Cleansing Effects from the Great Recession."

About the series

The Sichel Series is organized by the WMU Department of Economics and named in honor of Werner Sichel, a longtime WMU economics professor and former department chair, who retired in 2004. The series is annually cosponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. The lectures are open to the public and formatted with the general public in mind. This year's series is being organized by Dr. Eskander Alvi, a WMU professor of economics.

For more information, contact Alvi at (269) 387-5547 or eskander.alvi@wmich.edu.