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The UHERO Forum on Hawaii's Economy

National Economists, Regional Research

UHERO is proud to announce the Inaugural UHERO Forum

Hilton Hawaiian Village - Monday, October 29 from 8am-2pm.

This unique economic forum will feature critical issues facing the State of Hawaii, including state and local tax policy, economic development, sustainability, renewable energy policy, the economic impact of investing in clean technology, and the economics of local food production. These and many other pressing issues will be addressed in breakout sessions as well as keynote addresses by two of the nation's leading economists. The UHERO Forum will be held in conjunction with the AUBER (Association of University Business and Economic Research) conference in Waikiki on October 27-30, 2012.



Monday, October 29

8:00-9:30 Breakfast | Tapa Ballroom 3
Keith Schwer Keynote Address- "In Search of System Understanding and Control - the Case of US and China"
Gene Huang, Chief Economist and Vice President, FedEx (view bio)
Sponsored by the National Association of Business Economics (NABE)
  Iolani Suites 1-2 Iolani Suites 3-4 Iolani Suites 5-6
9:30-10:45 Western States Outlook
Stephen Brown, UNLV, Chair

  • Stephen Brown- Nevada
  • Esmael Adibi- California
  • Paul Brewbaker- Hawaii
Economic Impacts of Clean Technologies and Innovations
Jenny Hsing-I Liu, Portland State Univ., Chair

  • Jenny Hsing-I Liu- An Examination of the EV Industry that Drives Oregon
  • Doug Woodward- The Economic Impact of Clean Energy vs. Nuclear Power in South Carolina
  • Hanna Hartman- “Green” Jobs for Displaced Workers
  • Hart Hodges- Making Sense of Different Theories about Job Growth
Economics of Local Food
PingSun Leung, UHERO, Chair
Sponsored by: Ulupono Initiative

  • Shawn Arita- Comparison of Cost Structure and Economic Performance of Hawaii and Mainland Farms
  • Dilini Hemachandra- Can Hawaii Farms Producing Food for Local Consumption Survive Globalization?
  • John Kros and Jason Rowe- A Value-Added Business Anlysis for North Carolina’s Commerical Fishing Industry
10:45-11:00 Break
11:00-12:15 Data Driven Website Case Studies
Ben Trevino, UHERO, Chair

  • Ben Trevino, UHERO
  • Maile Nadelhoffer, Univ. of Arizona
  • Howard Dicus, Hawaii News Now
State & Local Tax Policy: taxing e-commerce
Jim Mak, UHERO, Chair

  • Jim Mak- Taxing Hotel Room Sales by Online Travel Companies: What Should Be the Appropriate Tax Base?
  • Bill Fox- Sales Taxes and Electronic Commerce: Are There Employment Impacts
  • Michael Hicks- An Empirical Test of State Tax Incentives: Evidence from Indiana
Energy Policy and Economic Development
Makena Coffman, UHERO, Chair

Sponsored by: Hawaii Energy Policy Forum

  • Makena Coffman- An Integrated Top-Down and Bottom-Up Analysis of Wind Energy
  • Djeto Assane-Modeling Energy Consumption in Hawaii
  • Iman Nasseri- A Comparative Analysis of Energy System Structures: Hawaii vs. U.S.

12:15-1:45 Lunch | Tapa Ballroom 3
Keynote Address- "Headwinds, Possible Hurricanes, and Hope: Economic Prospects for 2013"
Christina Romer, Former Chair, White House Council of Economic Advisers (view bio)
Sponsored by the University of Hawaii at Manoa


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