Last Thursday, Nov. 8th, 2017, at the Northwest Business Club, Professor Hart Hodges of Western’s Business Economics gave a great presentation to the members and their guests. There should be a video available of Prof. Hodges presentation on their website soon. We’ll link to it once it becomes available.
Prof. Hodges brought a local 3rd quarter economic forecaster from Western for the audience members to take home. We’ve shared that publication for you here: Q3 2017 WWU – Puget Sound Economic Forecaster
Dr. Hodges presented interesting insights into some ongoing research he is conducting concerning economic productivity trends, the rapidly expanding impact of A.I., robotics, and automation on the U.S. economy, as well as here in Washington State and Whatcom County. During his talk, Hodges included implications for labor force participation, expected consequences for various demographic cohorts, and many more topics not necessarily obvious to the non-economists among us. Hodges encouraged audience questions, and another stimulating exchange of Q&A took place between the speaker and the NWBC audience.