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Darla Moore School of Business

UofSC Economic Outlook Series to kick off with Sept. 29 livestreaming event

Sept. 17, 2020

The University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business will host the first of two livestreaming events Sept. 29 for the 40th Annual Economic Outlook Series. The first session will feature experts on the political and economic outlook for fall 2020.

Formerly known as the Economic Outlook Conference, the annual event has expanded from a one-day, in-person event to two virtual events that will take place both before and after the 2020 Presidential Election. The second in the series will be Nov. 30.

The events will address the monumental changes to government policy that will likely result from the November election. Speakers will also discuss the effects of the lockdown and economic contraction during spring and summer. Looking ahead, speakers will provide an outlook for jobs, housing and business conditions. Both events will be interactive and allow for questions and comments.

The Tuesday, Sept. 29, event from 12-1 p.m. will include remarks from:

  • Robert Oldendick, professor of political science and the director of Graduate Studies for USC’s College of Arts and Sciences. Oldendick will focus on the U.S. and South Carolina election outlook and how November’s election could see partisan change that alters policy.
  • Doug Woodward, Moore School Division of Research director and professor of economics, will look at the U.S. economic outlook and examine why the stock market is booming while the rest of the economy is struggling.
  • Joey Von Nessen, Moore School research economist, will present the 2020 South Carolina economic outlook.

For the Monday, Nov. 30, event from 12-1 p.m., Thomas I. Barkin, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, whose region includes South Carolina, will provide perspectives on the economy. Other speakers will soon be announced.

The Economic Outlook Series will be hosted online Sept. 29 and Nov. 30. The price of attendance is $30 to attend both events or $20 to attend one event. USC students, staff and faculty can attend for free. Register or learn more by visiting

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