Economic and Policy Outlook: What's Ahead and Why Does it Matter?

October 6, 2014 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm
International Affairs Building, 15th Floor New York, NY 10027
United States
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A Panel Discussion with: 

Beth Bovino, Chief US Economist, Standard and Poor's

Ethan Harris, Co-Head Global Economics Research, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Bruce Kasman, Chief Economist, JP Morgan Chase

Vincent Reinhart, Chief US Economist, Morgan Stanley

Please join us for a stimulating discussion of the outlook for the US economy and economic policy featuring an all star panel of some of Wall Street's top economists. Richard Clarida, C. Lowell Harriss Professor of Economics and International Affairs will serve as moderator.


Speaker Information

Beth Ann Bovino


Beth Ann Bovino is the U.S. Chief Economist at Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services, based in New York.  In this position, she develops S&P’s U.S. economic forecasts and authors the monthly U.S. Economic Forecast, the quarterly U.S. Risks To The Forecast, the weekly Financial Notes and the Weekly Economics Call. Beth Ann has created Industry Drivers reports for analyst research. She is quoted regularly in the press and has appeared on many major television programs. Further, she has written many articles for popular and professional publications.


Before joining Standard & Poor’s in February 2004, Beth Ann spent over ten years doing economic and market research with Sungard Institutional Brokerage, UBS Warburg, and the Federal Reserve. The Wall Street Journal recognized Beth Ann as the most accurate forecaster of the U.S. economy in 2013.


Beth Ann holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, a master's degree in International and Development Economics from Yale University and a Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University.


Ethan Harris

Ethan Harris is the co-head of Global Economics Research at BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research. In this role, he is responsible for the U.S. growth, inflation and monetary policy call. He also coordinates the global economics forecast and publication and manages the developed markets economics team. Harris regularly ranks highly in investor polls and forecast surveys.

Before coming to BofAML, Harris was the chief U.S. economist at Lehman Brothers. He also worked as an economist at Barclays and JP Morgan and spent nine years at the Federal Reserve bank of New York, where he was assistant to the president and head of the Domestic Research Division.

Harris earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Clark University and a PhD in economics from Columbia University, where he was a University Fellow. Harris is the author of "Ben Bernanke's Fed: The Federal Reserve After Greenspan."


Bruce Kasman

Bruce Kasman is a Managing Director and the Chief Economist for J.P. Morgan. He serves as Global Head of Economic Research, where he is responsible for leading a team of thirty economists worldwide that set the firm’s economic and policy views.


Mr. Kasman and his team strive to integrate detailed individual country analysis with a top-down approach that analyzes and forecasts the global economy as a whole. To this end, his team is active in developing tools to measure global activity and in research examining linkages across regions and sectors. He directs J.P. Morgan’s flagship research publication Global Data Watch, which celebrated its 25th anniversary early this year. J.P.Morgan’s economics team has been consistently ranked in Institutional Investor’s US and European polls and was selected the “Best Global Forecaster” by Bloomberg in 2012 and 2013.


Mr. Kasman joined J.P. Morgan in 1994 and was Head of European Economic Research from 1996 to 1999.  Prior to J.P. Morgan, he was Senior International Economist at Morgan Stanley. In more than two decades of experience in the financial industry he has frequently commented in the press and on financial news channels.


Mr. Kasman started his career at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in the International Research Department. His responsibility at the Fed included managing a department monitoring US trade and the performance of other large advanced economies.  He has a Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University


Vincent Reinhart

Vincent Reinhart joined Morgan Stanley in October 2011 as a Managing Director and Chief US Economist. In that capacity, Mr. Reinhart is responsible for the firm's analysis of the US economy.  For the four years prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Mr. Reinhart was a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, a nonpartisan think tank located in Washington, DC.  

He previously spent more than two decades working in the Federal Reserve System, where he held a number of senior positions in the Divisions of Monetary Affairs and International Finance.  For the last six years of his Fed career, he served as Director of the Division of Monetary Affairs and secretary and economist of the Federal Open Market Committee. In that capacity, he was the senior staff member providing advice to Fed officials on the appropriate choice and communication of monetary policy.  In his research at the Fed and AEI, Mr. Reinhart worked on topics as varied as the conduct and communication of monetary policy, auctions of US Treasury securities, the long-lived consequences of financial crises, and the patterns of international capital flows. At AEI, he frequently commented in the media on the economic outlook and macroeconomic and financial policies.