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Else School Fall Forum to Focus on Economic Outlook of Mississippi, Nation

August 9, 2013


The economic outlook for Mississippi and the nation as a whole will be the topic of the Millsaps College Else School of Management 2013 Fall Forum scheduled Sept. 25 at 8 a.m. in the Leggett Special Events Center on the Millsaps College campus. Douglas Handler, chief U.S. economist at Information Handling Services (IHS) and head of North America Macroeconomics, will present the national outlook and Darrin Webb, state economist, will present the forecast for Mississippi.

Douglas Handler and Darrin Webb

Handler is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the US and Canadian macroeconomic forecasts and for leading the North America Macroeconomic Group of economists and sector experts. The group he leads uses the proprietary IHS macroeconomic model to create short- and long-term economic forecasts. The group's US and Canadian forecast commentaries feature detailed analyses of industrial activity, business investment, consumer markets, housing, international trade, labor markets, energy, inflation, financial markets, and government fiscal and monetary policy.

Handler's expertise includes economic and business forecasting, ROI measurement, predictive modeling and scenario development, strategic analysis and business planning, market opportunity sizings and portfolio optimization, and B2B spending analyses. He has more than 20 years' experience in economic analysis and forecasting. He has an M.A. in economics from Georgetown University.

Webb, who became the state economist and director of the University Research Center in July 2010, works directly with the state revenue-forecasting group, serving traditionally as the chair. He forecasts and monitors collections of state general fund revenue and works closely with the Legislative Budget Office, the Legislature, the governor's administration and other agencies on matters concerning the state's economy and long-range strategic planning.

Before being named state economist, Webb was senior economist for the University Research Center for 15 years. Before joining the University Research Center, Webb was assistant professor at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. He is a native Mississippian and received his Ph.D. in applied economics from Clemson University, his master's in agricultural economics and his baccalaureate in agribusiness from Mississippi State University. He also earned an associate's degree in agribusiness from Hinds Community College.

Doors to the Leggett Center will open at 7:45 a.m., and a continental breakfast will be served at 8 a.m. The program will start at 8:30 a.m. Admission is free. For more information, phone 601-974-1254.