10/26 noon: Chapman on “Impact of Cutbacks in Government on the Washington Area and Beyond” at 618 H St NW

Upcoming event from NEC and SGE:

Chinatown Garden Restaurant 618 H St NW Washington DC
Date: 26 Oct 2017 12:00 PM

Jeannette Chapman

Deputy Director and Senior Research Associate, Stephen S. Fuller Institute, Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University

“Impact of Cutbacks in Government on the Washington Area and Beyond”

As of 2017, Federal Government either directly or indirectly accounted for 29.9 percent of the Gross Regional Product (GRP) in the Washington metropolitan statistical area (Washington region). As the dominant industry in the region, changes to Federal spending have an outsized effect on the region’s economy. The Sequester in 2013 reduced Federal employment in the region by about 4 percent and procurement by about 15 percent. As a result, the region’s GRP decreased by $3.27 billion (2009 $s) in 2013. GRP gains in 2014 were also subdued, rising 0.5 percent compared to the national increase of 2.6 percent. The economy stabilized in 2015 and 2016, but the Trump administration’s Budget Blueprint raises new concerns about the future economic health of the region. If implemented, the Trump Blueprint would reduce Federal spending on wages and salaries, procurement, and grants by between $4.2 and $5.0 billion, or nearly one percent of GRP. The FY18 budget passed by the House on October 5, 2017 reflects some of the cuts broadly outlined in the Trump Blueprint, but much uncertainty remains over the final FY18 budget and its effect on the Washington region.

Jeannette Chapman is the Deputy Director and Senior Research Associate of The Stephen S. Fuller Institute at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. She joined George Mason University in 2013 as the Research Associate at the Center for Regional Analysis (CRA). Prior to joining George Mason University, she was the Research Associate for Economic Growth and Development at the DowntownDC Business Improvement District. Ms. Chapman received BA’s in Economics and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from George Mason University.

Register at https://national-economists.com/event-2683714

Valuing Our Environment

Wednesday, September 27, 2017  5:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Metro Offices, 1250 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20036

Metro: Dupont Circle Station (south exit)

Panelists:

Frederick Treyz, Ph.D., Chief Economist and C.E.O., Regional Economic Models, Inc.

Peter Evangelakis, Ph.D., Economist, Regional Economic Models, Inc.

Light refreshments will be served at 5:45 pm, and the seminar begins at 6:00 pm.    The seminar is free but please e-mail Mandy Roberts at mandy.roberts@bea.gov for reservations.  Reservations required by C.O.B Tuesday, September 26th.

Representatives of Regional Economic Models, Inc. (REMI) will discuss how they measure the costs of rebuilding livelihoods and businesses in coastal communities after hurricanes. Using an inclusive and balanced general equilibrium model, the panelists assess the costs of hurricanes and other natural disasters, and will lead a discussion on funding alternatives as rebuilding efforts get underway. Please join us for this interesting evening.

 

NEC lunch: former SGE president Payson

The National Economists Club of Washington DC is hosting a Luncheon Presentation by Dr. Steven Payson, entitled “What Will Make Economics Professors Succeed or Fail in the Future? The Discipline at a Crossroads.” The presentation will summarize the findings in Dr. Payson’s latest book: How Economics Professors Can Stop Failing Us: The Discipline at a Crossroads (Rowman and Littlefield, August 2017). CLICK HERE for more information and to register.

Stata course on analysis of survey data

SGE members may be interested in a short course in DC in October on using Stata for analysis of survey data obtained through a complex sampling design from a finite population. It begins by reviewing the sampling methods used to collect survey data, and then discusses how they need to be accounted for in estimation of means, totals, ratios, and regression coefficients. It then covers variance estimation methods implemented in Stata’s survey estimation commands. The course will also cover difficult situations like strata with a single sampling unit, certainty sampling units, subpopulation estimation, and poststratification. Interactive Stata sessions are dispersed between lectures. Further information available at: http://www.stata.com/training/public/survey-data-analysis-using-stata/

Call for Presentations and Workshops: Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis

A Call for Presentations and Workshops for the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis’ (SBCA) 2018 annual conference has been posted here on their website. More than 300 Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA) scholars and practitioners from around the world, government, academia, nonprofits and private industry will be present at this year’s conference, and perhaps such an opportunity would be of interest to SGE members.

Impact of Cutbacks in Government on the Washington Area and Beyond

Tuesday, July 25, 2017  5:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Conference room 483, Congressional Budget Office

2nd & D Streets, SW, 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20515

Metro: Federal Center Station (entrance around the building)

Panelists:                                                                                                             

Ms. Jeannette Chapman, Deputy Director and Senior Research Associate at the Stephen S. Fuller Institute, George Mason University

Dr. Gregory Acs, Director, Income and Benefits Policy Center, Urban Institute

Light refreshments will be served at 5:45 pm, and the seminar begins at 6:00 pm. The seminar is free but please email Mel Sacks at MelSacks@verizon.net for reservations.

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Call for Papers: 2018 ASSA/SGE Sessions in Philadelphia, PA, January 5-7, 2018

Call for Papers (due date was May 16th, 2017)
2018 ASSA/SGE Sessions in Philadelphia, PA, January 5-7, 2018

The Society of Government Economists’ mission is to support the professional development of government economists, and those who are interested in public policy economics, by providing them with research, publication, and professional communication opportunities. SGE has seven sessions in the 2018 ASSA meeting. These sessions will provide economists the opportunity to present their research, discuss it with their peers, and receive feedback as well as to meet other economists and be informed about the latest topics in economics. This call for papers and sessions is open to all individuals (applicants need not be government economists).

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4/4 Seminar: Changes in the Media

Changes in the Media and How Newspapers Can Survive in the Current Landscape

Tuesday, April 4, 2017  5:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Suite 1200 East, American Public Transportation Association

1300 I Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20005

Metro: McPherson Square (14th St. exit)

Panelists:                                                                                           

Mizell Stewart III, President, American Society of News Editors

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2017 SGE Annual Conference

The Society of Government Economists 2017 Annual Conference was held

Thursday, May 11, 2017,  8:30am-4:30pm, at the

Janet Norwood Conference and Training Center

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

2 Massachusetts Ave, NE, Washington, DC

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Karen Dynan

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Evening seminar on CFPB 12/6/16

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Issues and Outlook

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 5:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Americans for Financial Reform, 1620 L Street NW, 11th floor, Washington, DC 20006

Metro: Farragut North Station

Panelists:                                                                                                              

Gynnie Robnett, Payday Campaign Director, Americans for Financial Reform

Christina Stacy, Research Associate, Urban Institute

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