Julie Smith, associate professor of economics, has been invited to join the FiveThirtyEight/IGM COVID-19 Economic Outlook Survey as a forecaster.

In the first survey on FiveThirtyEight, a site that provides data-driven coverage of politics, economics, and sports, researchers predicted that, although the economy will probably start to improve in the second half of this year, there won’t be a quick rally from this recession.

Smith, whose areas of specialization include macroeconomics, applied econometrics and monetary policy, was among more than 30 faculty from esteemed colleges and universities such as Harvard, Stanford, MIT, Columbia, and Johns Hopkins who responded to the first COVID-19 Economic Outlook Survey. Surveys will be conducted every other week.

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