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ASU economists to share projections, trends at Economic Outlook

One of the longest-running, most in-demand forecast events in the Valley live on Zoom May 6

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April 30, 2021

According to Arizona State University economists, the state and national economic outlook have brightened as federal stimulus programs are expected to boost output and employment in the months ahead.

With the economy rebounding and consumers looking forward to resuming more normal spending patterns, the annual Economic Outlook is an important event to attend. One of the longest-running, most in-demand forecast events in the Valley will be offered live on Zoom, presented by the Economic Club of Phoenix from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 6. 

Economic Club of Phoenix events are free of charge this spring, and all are invited to attend the premier business speaker series. Register at

Top experts from Arizona State University's W. P. Carey School of Business who are regularly interviewed in the press for their expertise in the national, state and local economy, as well as trends in commercial and residential real estate, examine the changing economy, projections and trends that are affecting the greater Phoenix landscape and beyond.

Featured speakers

• Amy Ostrom, interim dean of the W. P. Carey School of Business and PetSmart Chair in Services Leadership, will moderate the Economic Outlook and W. P. Carey economists will answer audience questions during an interactive Q&A session.

• Dennis Hoffman, a professor of economics and director of the Seidman Research Institute, will discuss the likely trajectory of national economic growth as the economy recovers from the pandemic and gets tailwinds from the stimulus and plans for infrastructure spending. The presentation will also provide an assessment of risks and opportunities that frame the 2021 economy.

• Lee McPheters, research professor of economics and director of the JPMorgan Chase Economic Outlook Center, will offer the latest forecasts for Arizona and the Phoenix metro area for key indicators, including employment, income and population growth, along with an analysis of major industries such as health care, hospitality, construction, electronics, finance and transportation.

• Mark Stapp, Fred E. Taylor Professor in Real Estate and executive director of the Master of Real Estate Development program, will share highlights from the latest Commercial Brokers Survey and trends that could shape the U.S. real estate market heading into 2022.

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