14th Annual Oregon Economic Forum

The New Economy of Sin and Robots


Thursday, October 26, 2017
Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront
1401 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR 97201
Program runs from 745am to 11am

Parking information

Individual – $80
Table- $520

Remember to register early! Registration deadline is October 19.

Join us for the 14th Annual Oregon Economic Forum as we explore the changing economy and how it affects you and your firm. Learn about Oregon’s growing sin economy with Oregon Office of Economic Analysis Economist Josh Lehner and University of Oregon Economics Professor Ben Hansen. And also you don’t want to miss the Economic and Financial Review and Preview with Oregon Economic Forum Director Tim Duy and KeyBank Chief Investment Strategist Bruce McCain.

We are very excited to have Lawrence Mishel as this year’s keynote speaker. Lawrence Mishel, a nationally recognized economist, is president of the Economic Policy Institute, a role he assumed in 2002. Mishel first joined EPI in 1987 as research director. In the more than two decades he has been with EPI, Mishel has helped build it into the nation’s premier research organization focused on U.S. living standards and labor markets.

We look forward to seeing you at this exciting event!

Special thanks to our presenting sponsor KeyBank and our bronze sponsors the Port of Portland, Northwest Natural, and the Portland Business Alliance.


Opening Address
Michael H. Schill, President, University of Oregon

Economic and Financial Review and Preview
Tim Duy, Director, Oregon Economic Forum, University of Oregon

Bruce McCain, Chief Strategist, Key Private Bank

Read Tim Duy on Bloomberg Prophets.

Oregon’s Growing Sin Economy
Josh Lehner, Economist, Oregon Office of Economic Analysis
Ben Hansen, Associate Professor of Economics, University of Oregon

Keynote Address
Are The Robots Coming For Your Job?
Lawrence Mishel, President Economic Policy Institute

For information on sponsoring this event, please contact Tim Duy at 541-346-4660 or duy@uoregon.edu

Oregon Business Conditions Survey

The Oregon Economic Forum is launching a new project as part of our comprehensive effort to assess the state’s economy.  And we need your help!

We are asking that you participate in a survey designed to track business conditions in Oregon.  This short survey ask questions about business conditions at your firm, in your industry, and in your geographic area.  Quotes from certain open-ended questions may be featured in quarterly publications detailing the results of the survey.

We are looking to build a contact list of firms willing to participate with a goal of launching the first survey by the second quarter of 2015.  If you are interested in participating, please contact me at duy@uoregon.edu.

A sample of the survey is available here – at the end you will have another opportunity to participate.

Thank you for your support of the Oregon Economic Forum and the University of Oregon.

August 2017 Oregon Statewide Economic Indicators

This is the University of Oregon State of Oregon Economic Indicators for August 2017. The release date is October 4, 2017. Special thanks to our sponsor, KeyBank

Link to full report here.

Oregon Economic Forum

Early bird registration for the Oregon Economic Forum ends tomorrow, October 5! Register now at:

14th Annual Oregon Economic Forum

Oregon Statewide Economic Indicators:

Oregon’s economy experienced some mixed data in August, but underlying trends are solid. Highlights of this month’s report include:

  • A weak jobs report pulled down the Oregon Measure of Economic Activity in August to -0.09 from 1.37, but the decline is not reflective of underlying economic trends. The three-month moving average remained solidly in expansionary territory at 0.93 (“zero” indicates average growth over the 1990-present period).
  • Of the four major sectors comprising the index, only the service sector, containing only employment components, made a negative contribution. Throughout the measure, weak employment components accounted for virtually all of the negative contributions.
  • The University of Oregon Index of Economic Indicators slipped in August, reversing most of the July gain. The recent sideways movement of the UO Index suggests the economy is in a mature stage of the business cycle.
  • Softer employment services payrolls (largely temporary employment), Oregon weight distance tax (a measure of trucking activity), a modest decline in average weekly hours in the manufacturing sector, and a narrower interest rate spread accounted for the decline.
  • Note that the core (nondefense, nonaircraft) manufacturing new orders have remained in a fairly steady upward trend since May of 2016; the sector continues to recover from weakness in 2015 and early 2016 and indicates business investment is growing.

Together, these indicators suggest ongoing growth in Oregon at an above average pace of activity.

Media Contact:
Tim Duy – 541.346.4660 (w)