Dr. Bill Watkins to lead Annual Economic Update November 8 in Camarillo, CA.

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CLU CERF presents its annual
Ventura County Economic Forecast
Immigration, Economics and Opportunity:
How to Improve the Forecast

Bill Watkins, director at CLU Center for Economic Research and Forecasting
Bryan Caplan, professor of economics at George Mason University
John Krist, CEO at Farm Bureau of Ventura County

The forecast also includes a special video on
Lazer Broadcasting president, Alfredo Plasencia
and his family of immigrant entrepreneurs.

Friday, November 8, 2013
11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
(lunch included)
Serra Center
5205 Upland Road
Camarillo, CA 93012

For non-members:
Online Registration- $175
(day of the event registration- $200)
Membership information: here
Non-member registration: here

Bill Watkins

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Bill Watkins

Bill Watkins, Ph.D., is the executive director for the CERF. Watkins had served as the executive director of UCSB’s Economic Forecast Project and as an economist with the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington, D.C.

He has been widely published in academic journals and is quoted regularly by news organizations throughout the world including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Los Angeles Times, and has appeared on Fox Business News and MSNBC on the issues of demographic trends, economic development, workforce issues, equity, and California economics.

Watkins holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration-finance from California State University, Northridge, and a master’s and doctorate in economics from University of California, Santa Barbara.

Bryan Caplan

bryan kaplanBryan Caplan is a professor of economics at George Mason University and senior scholar at the Mercatus Center. He is the author of “The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies,” named “the best political book of the year” by the New York Times and “Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids: Why Being a Great Parent Is Less Work and More Fun Than You Think.” He blogs at EconLog, named a top economics blog by The Wall Street Journal. Caplan is currently writing a new book, “The Case Against Education.”

He has published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, American Economic Review, Economic Journal, Journal of Law and Economics, and Intelligence, and appeared on 20/20, FoxNews, and C-SPAN.

Caplan earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University.

 John Krist

John Krist is the chief executive officer of the Farm Bureau of Ventura County. As CEO, he is responsible for managing the nonprofit organization’s staff, daily operations and finances. He recommends policy to the organization’s Board of Directors, implements board directives, and represents the interests of

John Krist

John Krist

the membership at legislative and regulatory hearings. He also serves as the organization’s liaison with the news media, as well as with numerous community organizations and groups.

Before joining the Farm Bureau in February 2008, Mr. Krist worked as a reporter, editor and Opinion-page columnist at the Ventura County Star for more than 24 years. The winner of numerous writing awards and journalism fellowships, he is the author of three books about California’s parks and wilderness areas, as well as “Voyage of Rediscovery,” based on his experiences retracing the Lewis and Clark trail. He also has contributed to books on urban renewal and wildfire policy. His most recent book is “Living Legacy: The Story of Ventura County Agriculture.”






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