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Federal Reserve Economists to Speak on Texas, Global Economic Outlooks at Aug. 7 Houston Conference

Speakers will discuss impact of energy, trade and human capital on region’s economy

For immediate release: July 21, 2015

HOUSTON—The Texas economic outlook and the impact of energy, trade and other factors on the regional and national economies are the focus of an upcoming Houston conference sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

“Vistas from Texas: An Economic Outlook” will be from 9 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Houston Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, 1801 Allen Parkway.

Participants can register online to attend the event. Admission is $35, with a reduced rate of $25 for students.

Mine Yücel, Dallas Fed senior vice president and director of research, will speak on the impact of plunging crude prices on the U.S. and state economies.

“Falling energy prices have been critical for the global economy this year,” Yücel said. “This conference will examine the impact of falling energy prices from all angles, including the impact on jobs in Texas and other energy-producing states, and future oil demand.”

Dallas Fed economists will also provide economic outlooks for Texas, the U.S. and the global economy, as well as the various regions in Texas, including Houston and the Gulf Coast.

“Falling energy prices aren’t the only issue impacting the economy,” Yücel said. “Speakers will address recent developments in Greece, Europe and China and how they impact the regional, national and global economies.”

A special session of the conference also will focus on the Houston economy.

Captain Bill Diehl of the Greater Houston Ship Channel will talk about challenges and opportunities for the Port of Houston.
Robert W. Gilmer of the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston will discuss Houston as the energy capital of the world. Carolyn Watson of JP Morgan Chase will address the importance of human capital to long-term economic growth in Houston.

Additional information about the conference, including a complete list of confirmed speakers, can be found on the Dallas Fed’s website.

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Media contact:
Alex Johnson
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Phone: 214-922-5288
Email: Alex.Johnson@dal.frb.org