Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Experts speaking at the 47th annual St. Cloud State University Economic Education Winter Institute on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 26 and 27, will emphasize the impact of the growing and changing Chinese economy on the U.S. economy. "Sino-American Economic Relations" will be addressed by speakers at the Friday event, with China's influence on the local economy part of Thursday evening's 15th Annual Economic Outlook. Featured speakers for the Friday Institute include Wing Thye Woo, one of the world's leading experts on East Asian economies, particularly China, Indonesia and Malaysia, who has advised the U.S. Treasury Department, the IMF, the World Bank and the United Nations. Nicholas R. Lardy, considered the top Western expert on the Chinese economy, now at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, has been a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and was director of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. The two will speak from 8:45-11:45 a.m. Friday, Feb. 27, in Ritsche Auditorium, Stewart Hall. Luncheon speaker is Jack W. Hou, professor of economics at California State University and past president of the Chinese Economists Society, whose research focuses on the Chinese economy, labor economics and international trade/finance. A special feature of the event will be performances by the Nankai University Bin Hai College Musical Ensemble prior to the speakers and during the luncheon. They will also perform during the Annual Economic Outlook Thursday, Feb. 26. The institute is sponsored by the St. Cloud State Center for Economic Education in collaboration with Nankai University Bin Hai College, the Chinese Economists Society and the St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce. 15th Annual Economic Outlook Thursday Four experts will discuss the outlook for 2009 and China's influence at the 15th Annual Economic Outlook beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, at the Kelly Inn in downtown St. Cloud. Speakers are Steve Hine, director of labor market information, Minnesota Department of Economic Development; Dan Laufenberg, chief economist with Ameriprise Financial; Minnesota State Economist Tom Stinson; and Professor King Banaian, chair of the St. Cloud State Department of Economics and co-author of the St. Cloud Quarterly Business Report. A Winter Institute reception will follow from 6:30-9 p.m. There is no charge for the Thursday and Friday speaker programs, but reservations are required and there is a charge for those who attend the Thursday evening reception, the Grow Minnesota! Breakfast at 7 a.m. Friday or the Friday luncheon. For the complete schedule, speaker photos and bios, www.stcloudstate.edu/winterinstitute/default.asp. Register at www.stcloudareachamber.com. The St. Cloud State Center for Economic Education sponsors the Winter Institute and Economic Outlook for the benefit of students, faculty, Minnesota K-12 teachers, administrators, business and community leaders and the general public. The event, which regularly attracts 200-300 business and community leaders from around the state and nation, is known for the expertise of its speakers. The Center for Economic Education, an affiliate of the Minnesota Council on Economic Education and the National Council on Economic Education, offers courses and workshops for economic educators, sponsors an economics quiz bowl for high school students from Central Minnesota schools and authors the St. Cloud Area Quarterly Business Report.