Public Affairs Forum

Exploring national issues from an economic perspective

The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta hosts a series of Public Affairs Forums featuring noted speakers who offer insightful economic perspectives on emerging public policy issues that affect the U.S. and regional economies. Academic, business, and civic leaders from Atlanta and surrounding areas are invited to engage in conversation and hear the speaker discuss the issues. Forum attendance is by invitation only.

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October 26
The Economics of College Sports
Joel Maxcy, Associate Professor of Sport Management, Drexel University

September 9
Forecasting Florida: What's Ahead for Our State and National Economies (Jacksonville)
Sean Snaith, Director, Institute for Economic Competitiveness, University of Central Florida

July 20
Big Data and HR: Lessons Learned
Prasanna (Sonny) Tambe, Associate Professor, New York University Stern School of Business

March 9
Cuba and the United States: What's Next?
Carlos Alzugaray Treto, Professor, University of Havana

January 20
The Timeline of Presidential Elections
Christopher Wlezien, Hogg Professor of Government, University of Texas at Austin


October 21
The Monetary Costs of Dementia: Today and in the Future
Michael D. Hurd, Director and Senior Principal Researcher, RAND Center for the Study of Aging

July 22
The Economics of Creativity: Markets and Modern Art (Atlanta)
David W. Galenson, Professor of Economics, University of Chicago

June 4
Shoring Up the Economic Future of the Mississippi River (New Orleans)
Dominik Knoll, Chief Executive Officer, World Trade Center New Orleans
David Batker, Chief Economist and Executive Director, Earth Economics

May 12
Not So Ancient History: Exploring Familiar Themes in Banking Crises (Atlanta)
Charles Calomiris, Henry Kaufman Professor of Financial Institutions, Graduate School of Business, Columbia University

April 16
Where Government Meets Business: Exploring the Infrastructure of Public-Private Partnerships (Miami)
Richard Geddes, Associate Professor, Department of Policy Analysis and Management
Cornell University

March 11
Unraveling the Sharing Economy: How Airbnb and Uber Are Transforming American Business (Atlanta)
Arun Sundararajan, Professor, Information, Operations, and Management Sciences
New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business