Economist Jim Wilcox to Headline Evening at Gap, Other Alumni Events Across Nation

What are the markets telling us about the 2012 elections? When will unemployment fall and inflation and interest rates rise?

Haas Professor and economist Jim Wilcox will answer these questions and yours as he shares his economic outlook on a five-stop national tour of alumni events, starting with the annual celebration at Gap headquarters in San Francisco on Jan. 25.

Titled "Debt & Deficits; The Economy & the Election," the tour wraps up in Seattle in February.

Frequently cited by media outlets such as National Public Radio and The Los Angeles Times, Wilcox is a popular professor and guest speaker who teaches in the faculty's Finance Group and the Economic Analysis and Policy Group at Haas.

Wilcox joined the Haas School faculty in 1978. While on sabbaticals, he served as chief economist with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and as a senior economist for the President’s Council of Economic Advisers and for the Federal Reserve Board. His research has focused on macroeconomics, monetary policy, banking, small business finance, and real estate.

As in past years, attendees at the Gap event with Wilcox will also have the opportunity to enjoy the renowned art collection of Doris and Don Fisher, BS 51, during a reception before Wilcox's talk.

The Wilcox tour schedule is:

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

SOUTH BAYThursday, January 26, 2012

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C.Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Date To Be Determined

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