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Mark Zandi, chief economist and co-founder of Economy.com, will be the featured speaker for the Old Dominion University Economics Club of Hampton Roads' Annual Economic Outlook Conference Wednesday, Jan. 17. Old Dominion professors Vinod Agarwal, Mohammad Najand and Gilbert Yochum will present their regional economic forecast during the program.

The regional economic forecast, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by Old Dominion's College of Business and Public Administration and RBC Centura, will begin at 10:45 a.m. at the Norfolk Marriott Waterside Hotel in downtown Norfolk.

Cost for the luncheon, with Zandi's presentation, which will begin at noon, is $30 for nonmembers. Due to limited space, reservations are required and may be made by calling 683-4058.

As chief economist and co-founder of Economy.com, Zandi is responsible for the firm's forecasts, model development, and consulting practice.

His research interests include macroeconomics, as well as financial, industrial and regional economics. His recent work includes studies of the determinants of personal bankruptcy and the impact of globalization and technological changes on real estate markets. His articles have been published in journals such as The RREEF Funds Strategic Outlook, Journal of Lending and Credit Risk Management, and Regional Financial Review. Zandi earned his doctorate in economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

The remaining 2006-07 luncheon series schedule is as follows:
Feb. 7 - Cynthia Cooper, former internal auditor of World Com.
March 14 - Daniel P. Kessler, professor at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University and senior fellow of the Hoover Institution.
April 27 - Benedict Schwegler Jr., vice president and chief scientist of Walt Disney Imagineering, Research & Development Inc.

This article was posted on: December 5, 2006

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