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04 December, 2019 | (01 hr)

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Recent narratives regarding our economic outlook have been increasingly characterized by references to rising recession risk. On the other hand, there are economies around the world, such as Australia or China, that have not experienced a recession in decades.

There are several risks in the horizon that could tip the US – or even global – economy into a recession, but recession in 2020 is not a foregone conclusion.

Join our expert panel as they address the following questions:

  • What exactly is a recession?
  • How do you recognize it ahead of time?
  • Can recessions be prevented?
  • How can business leaders and organizations prepare for it?



Cait Dourney

Cait Dourney
Research Analyst, Asset Allocation Research
Fidelity Investments

Cait Dourney is a research analyst in the Global Asset Allocation (GAA) group at Fidelity Investments. Fidelity Investments is a leading provider of investment management, retirement planning, portfolio guidance, brokerage, benefits outsourcing, and other financial products and services to instit...Full Bio

Constance Hunter

Constance Hunter
Chief Economist

As KPMG’s Chief Economist, Constance Hunter heads macroeconomic research, analytics and forecasting for the firm. She is also a member of KPMG’s pension advisory board. She works closely with the firm’s leadership and clients to identify inflection points, risks and opportunitie...Full Bio

Gad Levanon, PhD

Gad Levanon, PhD
Vice President, Labor Markets
The Conference Board

Gad Levanon is Vice President, Labor Markets for The Conference Board, where he oversees the labor market, US forecasting, and Help Wanted OnLine© programs. His research focuses on trends in US and global labor markets, the US economy, and forecasting using economic ind...Full Bio

Joseph J. Minarik

Joseph J. Minarik
Senior Vice President and Director of Research
Committee for Economic Development

Joseph Minarik was the chief economist of the Office of Management and Budget for the eight years of the Clinton Administration, helping to formulate the Administration’s program to eliminate the budget deficit, including both the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993 and the bipartisan...Full Bio

Tara M. Sinclair

Tara M. Sinclair
Associate Professor, Economics and International Affairs
George Washington University

Tara M. Sinclair is an associate professor of economics and international affairs at the George Washington University. She is also co-director of the George Washington University Research Program on Forecasting where she evaluates real time economic data and forecasts.

Much of Tara's rese...Full Bio

Ataman Ozyildirim

Ataman Ozyildirim (Moderator)
Senior Director, Economics 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

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