Schedule of Events - Winter Institute - St. Cloud State Univeristy

Winter Institute - St. Cloud State University

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Events for Thursday, February 26, 2009

5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
15th Annual Economic Outlook
Grand Ballroom, Kelly Inn, downtown St. Cloud



Steve Hine, Director of Labor Market Information, Minnesota DEED


Dan Laufenberg, Chief Economist, Ameriprise Financial


Tom Stinson, Minnesota State Economist


King Banaian, Chair, SCSU Economics Department, Coauthor of St. Cloud Quarterly Business Report

6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Winter Institute 2008 Food and Cocktail Reception
Pool Side, Kelly Inn ($20)

Events for Friday, February 22, 2008

7:00 to 8:30 a.m.
Grow Minnesota! Breakfast
Organized and sponsored by St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with SCSU Center for Economic Education
Cascade Room, Atwood Memorial Center
St. Cloud State University
Tickets ($15)
Special guests: Wing Thye Woo, Nicholas Lardy, Jack W. Hou, David Olson
Theme: Sino-American Economic Relations and their implications for Minnesota businesses

The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce organizes the Grow Minnesota! program and local chambers work with the state chamber to host these breakfast events around the state. The February, 2009, breakfast will be held at SCSU coincident with the 47th Winter Institute. The breakfast will feature the three Winter Institute speakers and David Olson, Chair of the MnSCU Board of Trustees. Sponsorship opportunities are available and sponsors will be provided time to meet with the Winter Institute speakers.

8:30 to 9:00 a.m.
Winter Institute light continental breakfast
Ritsche Auditorium lobby
St. Cloud State University

9:00 to 11:15 a.m.
Winter Institute speakers program
Ritsche Auditorium
St. Cloud State University

The speaker presentations will be preceded by a performance by the Nankai University Bin Hai College music ensemble.

Wing Thye Woo

Senior Fellow
Brookings Institution & Professor of Economics
University of California-Davis

Dr. Woo is one of the World’s leading experts on the East Asian economies, particularly China, Indonesia and Malaysia. He has advised the U.S. Treasury Department, the IMF, World Bank and the United Nations. He specializes in exchange rates, economic growth, regional economic disparity and financial sector development. Dr. Woo’s expertise is frequently sought by the U.S. and Chinese governments and he has published many articles and books on the Chinese economy.

Nicholas R. Lardy
Senior Fellow
Peterson Institute for International Economics

Dr. Lardy is one of the World’s leading experts on the Chinese economy. Prior to joining the Peterson Institute, he was a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and was director of the Henry M.Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. He has published books and many articles on various aspects of the Chinese economy, including exchange rates, growth, economic reforms and agriculture. He is frequently interviewed by publications such as The Wall Street Journal for his expertise on China.

11:30 am to 1:00 p.m.
Cascade Room, Atwood Memorial Center
St. Cloud State University
Winter Institute Luncheon ($10)

During the luncheon, there will be a performance by the Nankai University Bin Hai College music ensemble.

Luncheon Speaker:
Jack W. Hou

Professor of Economics
California State University
Long Beach & Past President
Chinese Economists Society

Dr. Hou has made outstanding contributions to the study of labor markets and the consequences of economic reform in China. His research focuses on the Chinese economy, as well as labor economics and international trade/finance. He is Past President of the Chinese Economists Society, President-Elect of the Western Social Science Association and an officer of Western Economic Association International International.

For more information, please contact Dr. Örn Bodvarsson, Winter Institute Coordinator at 320-308-2225 or e-mail You can also contact the Center for Economic Education at 320-308-2157.