Experts to discuss financial forecasts


Three experts will share their forecasts for the local, national, and international economies at Ohio Wesleyan University’s 2019 Economic Outlook Conference. The free panel discussion will begin at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 in Benes Room B of OWU’s Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware.

This year’s Economic Outlook Conference panelists are:

• Deborah Scherer, managing director of global trade and investment for Columbus 2020. Scherer works to identify foreign-owned companies with interests to expand in the United States, and helps them to evaluate the Columbus region. She also helps regional companies connect with resources to help them succeed abroad. She is a Certified Global Business Professional and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Ohio University.

• Mark Schweitzer, Ph.D., senior vice president for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. His research focuses on the macroeconomic impact of the labor market and the identification of factors impacting regional economic growth. Schweitzer holds master’s and doctoral degrees in economics from the University of California at Los Angeles.

• Ian Sheldon, Ph.D., Andersons Chair for Agricultural Marketing, Trade and Policy in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics at The Ohio State University. Sheldon’s primary research involves analyzing international trade and policy. His current work focuses on carbon tariffs and on the impact of intellectual property rights on U.S. seed exports. He earned his doctorate in economics at the University of Salford in the United Kingdom.

During the OWU conference, each expert will speak for 15 minutes and then take questions from the audience and from panel moderator, Goran Skosples, Ph.D., Ohio Wesleyan associate professor of economics. Skosples, who joined the Ohio Wesleyan faculty in 2006, teaches economics of transition, macroeconomics, development economics, international economics, research methods, and economic principles. His research deals with institutional changes in post-communist countries of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, banking and credit, and small business finance.

Ohio Wesleyan’s annual Economic Outlook Conference is co-sponsored by the university’s Department of Economics and Business and by its Woltemade Center for Economics, Business and Entrepreneurship. Learn more at or

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