Picture of Dr. James L. Doti presenting in front of a screen that shows a previous NAHB Housing Market Index and Supply of Unsold Homes

Chapman University presents:
Economic Forecast Update, December 2021

Tuesday, December 14, 2021 | 3:00 p.m.

We're Back! 

Chapman University’s Economic Forecasts have been regarded as the most accurate forecasts in the nation for years. And in the face of the pandemic, that did not change. Chapman accurately predicted the V-shape recovery of 2020. Now, were we right about the strong upward trend in Real GDP forecasted for 2021? Our forecast for 2021 will be analyzed, and trends for the latter half of the year will be revealed.

For more information about the event, please visit the Economic Forecast Website

Doors open at 2:30 p.m.

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Dr. Doti Dr. James L. Doti

President Emeritus and Professor of Economics 

James Doti earned his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, where he studied under Nobel Laureates Gary Becker, Milton Friedman and George Stigler.

Dr. Doti came to Chapman as a faculty member in 1974. He founded the Anderson Center for Economic Research in 1978 and served as its inaugural director until 1985, when he became dean of the Argyros School of Business and Economics. Dr. Doti was appointed as president of Chapman University in 1991 and served for 25 years. In September 2016, he returned to the Chapman faculty.

Dr. Doti’s articles have appeared in academic journals as well as periodicals such as The Wall Street Journal and The Chronicle of Higher Education. His frequent op-eds appear in the Orange County Register, and he is a regular columnist for Orange County Business Journal. He is also the co-author of two econometrics texts and co-editor of a collection of readings in free enterprise that received the Templeton Honor Award for Scholarly Excellence.

Dr. Sfeir Dr. Raymond Sfeir

Director of the A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research

Dr. Raymond Sfeir is the Director of the A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research and Professor of Economics at Chapman University. He served for eighteen years as Associate Provost and then as Vice Chancellor. Dr. Sfeir teaches microeconomics, statistics and forecasting. His research interests include operations research, capital asset pricing models and applied economics. Dr. Sfeir produces the California, Orange County and Inland Empire forecasts. He also conducts the quarterly survey of purchasing managers in California and is quoted frequently in the media. He is currently studying the performance of the manufacturing sector in California. 


Fadel Lawandy Fadel Lawandy

Director of the Hoag Center for Real Estate and Finance, Director of the Janes Financial Center, and Assistant Professor of Finance and Real Estate

Assistant Professor Fadel Lawandy currently serves as the Director of the C. Larry Hoag Center for Real Estate and Finance and the Janes Financial Center at Chapman University, his alma mater. He earned both a B.S. in Business Administration -International Business and Finance from the George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics and later received an MBA from Norwich University.

His experience within the financial industry expands twenty-five years, and his articles, co-authored with Dr. Doti, have appeared in many periodicals. Prior to joining Chapman University, he held the position of Managing Director of Hunter Wise Financial Group, LLC. He is also co-founded Hunter Wise Capital Partners, LLC, a company dedicated to the creation and management of opportunity funds. Among his areas of interest, he specializes in investment banking, credit management, commercial/residential real estate and portfolio management, to name a few.


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