Speaker: John Walker

Date: Thursday, March 23
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

General Assembly Session 2

Economic Outlook

For the past several months, prospects for the world and U.S. economies have improved, but the up and down sides of risk have markedly increased, creating uncertainty. John will examine what’s behind this uncertainty, which usually has a negative influence on investment, through the following questions:

  • Could tax changes boost business prospects and increase investment?
  • How will the relative and absolute price of oil, gas, coal and renewables impact the economy and manufacturing?
  • How will the continually rapid technological changes affect the performance of industrial sectors and thus U.S. regions and different parts of the machine tools industry?

Speaker Bio:

John Walker - Oxford Economics

John Walker
Founder, Chairman and Chief Economist,  Oxford Economics

John Walker leads Oxford’s international economic analysis, forecasting and consultancy activities. With more than 30 years of experience developing strong links with economists around the world, he will offer global economic forecasts for the manufacturing industry. John also leads major consultancy projects with government departments and multinational companies from Europe and the United States on issues ranging from international capital flows to developments in the Middle East economies.