ASU/PNC Bank Economic Forecast Luncheon

The longest-running, most trusted economic forecasting event in the Valley.

W. P. Carey School of Business at ASU

Wednesday, December 6, 2023 at 11:15 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (Arizona time)

Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel

Ticket prices:
In Person: $185/person | $1,450/table of 10
Virtual: $75/person | $700/group of 10

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The Program

An accurate economic assessment for 2024 would be extremely useful. Providing such assessment is challenging. The prospects of a recession are diminishing but many unknowns remain. Concerns about inflation are not behind us.

The Ukrainian conflict continues to contribute uncertainty for the global economy. Remote work practices place undue burden on commercial real estate with consequences for the refinancing of office space. Climate change effects have cost the U.S. economy billions in lost productivity. Locally, Phoenix’s West Valley is positioned for significant growth led by technology investments.

Join us at this year’s luncheon, where top national and regional experts will present their economic forecasts, and advice on these issues and more.

Robert J. Barro

Robert J. Barro

Paul M. Warburg Professor of Economics,
Harvard University

Keynote Address

Robert J. Barro is the Paul M. Warburg Professor of Economics at Harvard University, a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He has a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University and a B.S. in physics from Caltech.

Barro is co-editor of Harvard’s Quarterly Journal of Economics and has been president of the Western Economic Association and vice president of the American Economic Association. He was a viewpoint columnist for Business Week from 1998 to 2006 and a contributing editor of The Wall Street Journal from 1991 to 1998.

His recent research involves rare macroeconomic disasters, corporate tax reform, religion and economy, empirical determinants of economic growth, and economic effects of public debt and budget deficits. His recent books include Religion and Economy (with Rachel McCleary), Economic Growth (2nd edition, with Xavier Sala-i-Martin), Nothing Is Sacred: Economic Ideas for the New Millennium, Determinants of Economic Growth, and Getting It Right: Markets and Choices in a Free Society.

Dennis L. Hoffman

Dennis L. Hoffman

Director, L. William Seidman Institute and Professor of Economics W. P. Carey School of Business
Arizona State University

Outlook for the Regional and Metro Economy

Dennis L. Hoffman is director of the L. William Seidman Research Institute at the W. P. Carey School of Business at ASU. He is the director of ASU’s Office of the University Economist and has received both teaching and research awards from ASU, including the Distinguished Faculty Research Award and designation as a Dean’s Council of 100 Distinguished Scholar.

Augustine Faucher

Augustine Faucher

Chief Economist, The PNC Financial Services Group

Outlook for the U.S Economy

Augustine (Gus) Faucher is senior vice president and chief economist of The PNC Financial Services Group, serving as the principal spokesperson on all economic issues for PNC.

Prior to joining PNC as senior macroeconomist in December 2011, Faucher worked for 10 years at Moody’s Analytics (formerly, where he was a director and senior economist. He also previously worked for six years at the U.S. Treasury Department and taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Faucher is frequently cited in international, national, and regional media outlets including The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. He has appeared on ABC World News, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly, News and Nightly Business Report, and is regularly featured on CNBC and CNN. In addition, he appears regularly on CBS Radio, NPR, and Marketplace. Faucher earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, with concentrations in labor economics and public economics. He also has a B. A. in economics from Cornell University.

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