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Residential housing starts and authorizations have been surging since last summer, and residential investment growth turned positive in Q3 2019 for the first time since 2017. However, growth in business structures, like warehouses and office buildings, remains relatively weak. A variety of factors have contributed to these trends. Looking ahead, what’s in store for US builders in 2020?

During our February program, our economists will discuss the resurgence in residential investment and weakness in business structures, and explore the underlying drivers and implications for the US economy.

Join our experts to discover:

  • The key drivers of US residential and nonresidential investment in 2020;
  • How sustainable are these trends and what are the broader implications for the US economy; and
  • What are the implications for US businesses more broadly

Who Should Attend: Business executives with an interest in learning more about the state of the US economy


Ataman Ozyildirim, PhD

Ataman Ozyildirim, PhD
Director, Economic Research, and Global Research Chair
The Conference Board

Ataman Ozyildirim, PhD is the Director of Economic Research and Global Research Chair at The Conference Board. He specializes in the development of economic indicators and in forecasting aggregate economic activity worldwide. He also oversees The Conference Board’s Global Economic Outlook a...Full Bio

Mark Palim, Ph.D.

Mark Palim, Ph.D.
Deputy Chief Economist and Vice President
Fannie Mae

Dr. Mark Palim is Vice President and Deputy Chief Economist at Fannie Mae. He is responsible for overseeing the Economic and Strategic Research Group’s forecasting functions and manages multi-disciplinary partnerships across the company to address specific business issues facing Fannie Mae....Full Bio

Ken Simonson

Ken Simonson
Chief Economist
Associated General Contractors of America

Ken Simonson has been chief economist for the Associated General Contractors of America, the leading trade association for the construction industry, since 2001. He provides insight into the economy and what it implies for construction and related industries through frequent media interviews, pre...Full Bio

Erik Lundh

Erik Lundh (Host)
Senior Economist
The Conference Board

Erik Lundh is a senior economist at The Conference Board. Based in New York, he is responsible for much of the organization’s work on the US and Chinese economies. He also conducts research on geoeconomics, international trade, and global value chains. Lundh previously worked for Evercore I...Full Bio

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