Former Senior Economist
The Conference Board
Brian Schaitkin is a former Senior Economist in U.S. Economic Outlook & Labor Markets at The Conference Board. He is part of a team working to expand The Conference Board’s previous work on labor shortages. In addition, he will be leading efforts to expand coverage of regional economies in the U.S.
Schaitkin originally joined The Conference Board in 2007 as a research analyst for the Global Indicators Research Institute program. Schaitkin helped develop The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for the Euro Area, which was launched in January 2009. Schaitkin conducted forecasting exercises which led to changes in The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for the United States and co-wrote two papers describing these changes. Later, he wrote and produced the European Economics Watch webcast and publication series.
Schaitkin graduated from Columbia University in 2004 with a combined BA in economics and political science. In 2011, he graduated cum laude from the Katholieke Universiteit of Leuven in Belgium with an MA in economics. Before rejoining The Conference Board in 2015, Schaitkin worked at Con Edison for two years, where he produced forecasts for customer energy usage that helped determine electricity rates.