September 18-20, 2013
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Westin Chicago River North Hotel
Keynote SpeakersOpening Keynote Speaker
Robert J. Gordon
Stanley G. Harris Professor in the Social Sciences,
Robert J. Gordon is the Stanley G. Harris Professor in the Social Sciences and Professor of Economics at Northwestern University. He taught at Harvard and the University of Chicago before going to Northwestern in 1973. He is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and a member of the NBER's Business Cycle Dating Committee, a Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (London) and the Observatoire Français des Conjunctures Economiques (OFCE, Paris), and an economic adviser to the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
Robert's books include Macroeconomics, twelfth edition, which has been translated into eight languages, and three scholarly books: The Measurement of Durable Goods Prices, The American Business Cycle, and The Economics of New Goods, as well as a book of collected essays entitled Productivity Growth, Inflation, and Unemployment. Robert's latest book project is, Beyond the Rainbow: The American Standard of Living Since the Civil War.
Closing Keynote Speaker
Alumni Distinguished Professor of Economics Emeritus,
Dean Emeritus of Clemson University's College of Business and Behavioral Science
Bruce Yandle is Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Economics with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and teaches regularly in the Center's Capitol Hill Campus program. He served on White House staff during the Ford and Carter administrations and was Executive Director of the Federal Trade Commission during the Reagan Administration. He has taught in graduate programs in France, Italy, Germany and the Czech Republic. He is a Senior Fellow with the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) in Bozeman, Montana, Senior Fellow with Clemson's Thurmond Institute, and trustee with Clemson's Institute for the Study of Capitalism. He served as president of the Association of Private Enterprise Education, as Chairman of the South Carolina State Board of Economic Advisors, and as Chairman of the Spartanburg Methodist College board of trustees.
Bruce is author, coauthor, or editor of 16 books, including his most recent, Regulation by Litigation. He writes a quarterly newsletter on the economy, which is posted on Clemson's Strom Thurmond Institute web site. Prior to beginning a career in university teaching, Bruce was in the industrial power transmission machinery business for 15 years.