Three Purdue University economists will give their takes on the local, national and international economies this month in Lafayette. They will be featured in the Greater Lafayette Commerce Economic Forecast Luncheon. October 13, 2013

News Release

LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Insights on current economic conditions – locally, nationally and internationally – and forecasts for the short- and long-terms will headline the Greater Lafayette Commerce Economic Forecast Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, October 31, at Holiday Inn City Centre, 515 South St., Lafayette.

Cost of the event, which is open to the public, is $25 for Greater Lafayette Commerce members; $35 for guests. Reservations should be made at or by calling 765/742-4044.

“With Purdue University right in our backyard, we are fortunate to be able to draw on the expertise of renowned economists and researchers for their insights and predictions,” said Lauren Davis, economic development program manager. “This year, we’re expecting some especially interesting insights, given the mix of international economic conditions, challenges for the U.S. in Congress, and—especially positive here—the record level of capital investments occurring locally.”

Panelists for the event are Purdue professors Christopher Hurt, Gerald Lynch and Charlene Sullivan. Tim Newton, director of external relations and communication for Krannert School of Management, will moderate the panel.

Hurt, a professor of agricultural economics, came to Purdue in 1981. He edits the Purdue Agricultural Economics Report; his specialties include pricing strategies and the futures markets, including livestock.

Lynch, who joined Purdue in 1982, is an economics professor in Krannert School of Management. He specializes in monetary theory, microeconomics, and international trade and finance.

Sullivan, associate professor of management and associate dean of undergraduate programs, has been a Krannert faculty member since 1978. Her work focuses on corporate financial management, financial institutions, markets, evolution of cost management systems in manufacturing firms and capital budgeting processes.

“Given the diversity and range of news, and these experts’ ability to relate it to our community, businesses and industries, we expect a sell-out crowd,” Davis said. “We encourage early reservations for this always popular program.”

Headquartered at 337 Columbia St. in Lafayette, Greater Lafayette Commerce (, whose roots go back more than 85 years, is a nonprofit membership organization supported by local industries, businesses and governments. Its mission is to advance economic and community prosperity for a superior quality of life.

Source: Greater Lafayette Commerce

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