A Quarterly Economic Update June 2009

Jun 18, 2009
B-340 Rayburn House Office Building

">Dr. Bruce Yandle
Professor Emeritus and BB&T Scholar
Clemson University

Click Here to view Dr. Yandle's June Economic Situation Report.

Click Here to view Dr. Yandle's Powerpoint Presentation.

Consumers, investors and policy makers are beginning to see signs that the economy might be improving since the market is slowly rebounding and consumer spending is increasing. However, businesses are still reporting losses and the unemployment rate remains high.  So, is the American economy beginning to bounce back or are there still more losses to come?

To keep Congressional staffers up to date on the current economic situation, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University hosts quarterly briefings that survey the economic scene.  Specific attention is paid to GDP data, employment, inflation, and interest rates, all conveyed in a way that is understandable to the economist and non-economist alike. This "birds-eye-view" of the economy will be valuable to staffers interested in promoting policies intended to aid economic performance.

Join us as we address such questions as:
• How has the economy fared overall in the past quarter? How has the labor market and housing market changed?
• Have we hit the bottom of the recession? How is this recession different from previous ones?
• How have recent changes in policy affected the economy as a whole?

Hosted by Dr. Bruce Yandle, one of our most popular speakers, these quarterly briefings are free of charge and open to all senior congressional staffers.  Bruce Yandle is a Professor Emeritus and the BB&T Scholar at Clemson University, where he has been a faculty member since 1969. From 1976 to 1978, he was a senior economist on the staff of the President's Council on Wage and Price Stability, where he reviewed and analyzed newly proposed regulations. In addition, Dr. Yandle was executive director of the Federal Trade Commission and is the author or co-author of numerous books and articles. He received his Ph.D. and M.B.A. from Georgia State University and his A.B. degree from Mercer University.

This program is reserved exclusively for full time, Congressional, agency and Library of Congress employees.