Conference to Focus on Southeast Missouri Economy

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

March 30, 2009 – The Southeast Missouri economy will be the focus on the 10th Economics Conference scheduled for April 17 at Southeast Missouri State University.

The results of research conducted by faculty in the Department of Economics and Finance in the Donald L. Harrison College of Business at Southeast will be presented, according to Dr. Bruce Domazlicky, director of the Center for Economic and Business Research. The conference is slated for 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium of Dempster Hall at Southeast and is free and open to the public.

The conference will open with a presentation titled “Regional Labor Flows: A Study of Industry Employment and In-Commuting in Southeast Missouri Counties” by Dr. Willie Redmond, associate professor of economics, and Domazlicky. Dr. Michael Devaney, professor of finance, will speak on “Population Aging in Southeast Missouri.” Dr. William Weber, professor of economics, will present “Indicator of Social Well-Being in Southeast Missouri Counties” and “Regulatory Costs of Ozone Non-attainment Status in Southeast Missouri.”

“Education, Distribution and Growth in Southeast Missouri ” will be presented by Dr. Kang Hoon Park, professor of economics. Dr. Diane Primont, associate director of the Center for Economic and Business Research, Dr. Rebecca Summary, chair of the Department of Economics and Finance, and Southeast student Chelsea Caile will present “Tax Rebates: Sound Policy or Fiscal Folly?”

The conference is sponsored by the Department of Economics and Finance, the Center for Economic and Business Research and the Missouri Research Corporation and received funding from the Economic Development Administration.

The research to be presented at the conference also is summarized in the current issue of the Southeast Missouri Business Indicators spring 2009 edition published by the Center for Economic and Business Research.