Press Release

Ohio Wesleyan to Host 2017 Economic Outlook Conference

November 1, 2016 – by Cole Hatcher

Ohio Wesleyan economics professor Goran Skosples, Ph.D., will serve as moderator Nov. 15 for the 2017 Economics Outlook Conference. (Photo by Mark Schmitter ’12)

Experts to Share Local, National, International Forecasts at Free Nov. 15 Event

Delaware, Ohio – Three economics experts will share their predictions for the local, national, and international economies at Ohio Wesleyan University’s 2017 Economic Outlook Conference.

The free panel discussion will begin at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 in the Benes Rooms of OWU’s Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware.

The conference is co-sponsored by Ohio Wesleyan’s Department of Economics and by The Woltemade Center for Economics, Business and Entrepreneurship. 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.

About this year’s panelists:

Bill LaFayette, Ph.D., is the Owner Regionomics LLC, a central Ohio company that focuses local economies including their businesses, people, workforce, and growth and change. With nearly 20 years of experience as an economic advisor, LaFayette helps clients to address financial issues within their communities. Previously, he worked for 12 years as vice president of economic analysis for the Columbus Chamber of Commerce.

Mark Schweitzer, Ph.D., is the senior vice president of external outreach and regional analytics at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. He oversees the bank’s public outreach activities and analysis of regional economic conditions. Schweitzer advises and informs the Cleveland Reserve Bank president and directors on regional economic developments and economic policy issues. His research focuses on the macroeconomic impact of the labor market and the identification of factors contributing to regional economic growth.

Ian Sheldon, Ph.D., is the Andersons Chair in Agricultural Marketing, Trade and Policy in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics at The Ohio State University. Sheldon’s primary research interests involve analyzing international trade and policy. Recent projects include examining the interaction between trade and environmental policies, and his current work focuses on carbon tariffs and on the impact of intellectual property rights on U.S. seed exports.

Skosples, panel moderator, joined the Ohio Wesleyan faculty in 2006. His teaching focus includes 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.

Learn more about Ohio Wesleyan’s Department of Economics at www.owu.edu/economics and more about The Woltemade Center for Economics, Business and Entrepreneurship at www.owu.edu/woltemade. Founded in 1985, The Woltemade Center’s mission is to enhance academic programming and real-world opportunities to create future generations of business and world leaders. The center also serves as a resource connecting the university and business communities.


Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers nearly 90 undergraduate majors and competes in 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Through Ohio Wesleyan’s signature OWU Connection program, students integrate knowledge across disciplines, build a diverse and global perspective, and apply their knowledge in real-world settings. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” listed on the latest President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at www.owu.edu.