Economic Outlook Conference


Thursday, February 8, 2024

Join experts from the Gatton College of Business and Economics, Stanley and Karen Pigman College of Engineering and the Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis, MO as they will discuss the economic outlook for 2024 and spotlight the effects of AI on employment and wages. Engage in discussions on AI’s broader economic influence and gain insights into the 2024 national and state-level economic forecasts. 

AI is a focal point for policy makers and the public, with a recent Pew Research Center survey revealing more concerns that excitement. Dr. Brent Harrison and Dr. John Garen, will share perspectives on AI’s impact on Kentucky’s economy, emphasizing the mix of positive and negative effects experienced with past technological innovations. 

This year's conference will be held in the Central Bank Center. The registration fee is $125 and the deadline to register is February 5th.

Registration is required.

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Time Event Speaker(s)
8:00 AM

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 AM Welcome and Introductions Dr. Scott Kelley
Chuck Courtemanche
8:50 AM “A View from the Federal Reserve” Charles Gascon, Senior Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, MO
9:30 AM “Kentucky's Economic Outlook 2024” Dr. Michael Clark, Director of the Center of Business and Economic Research, Gatton College of Business and Economics, University of Kentucky
10:00 AM


10:20 AM “The Promises and Pitfalls of Artificial Intelligence: How Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Can Change the Work We Perform” Dr. Brent Harrison, Assistant Professor, Stanley and Karen Pigman College of Engineering, University of Kentucky
11:55 AM “The Effects of Technological Change on the Workforce: How A.I. Could Affect Employment and Wages” Dr. John Garen, BB&T Professor Emeritus of Economics, Gatton College of Business and Economics, University of Kentucky
11:30 AM

Q & A Speaker Panel

12:00 PM