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05 March, 2015 | (01 hr)

The recent volatility in oil prices is showing vastly uneven impacts on countries, companies, and consumers. Given the uncertainty where the price may be going next, companies may be better served by considering a range of price scenarios to understand potential impacts on their business. In this webcast, The Conference Board Economics Team looks at three short-term scenarios (prices stable at $55, going up to $75, or dropping off $40 over the next six months) and three medium-term scenarios (recovery beyond $75, stabilization between $40 and $75, and collapse below $40). We discuss the impact on economic variables (GDP, consumption, investment, and industries) as well as political-economic factors to understand the broader implications.

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Gad Levanon, Ph.D.

Gad Levanon, Ph.D.
Chief Economist, North America
The Conference Board

Gad Levanon is chief economist, North America for The Conference Board, where he oversees the labor market, US forecasting, and Help Wanted OnLine© programs. His research focuses on trends in US and global labor markets, the US economy, and forecasting using economic indicat...Full Bio

Willem Overmeer

Willem Overmeer
Senior Advisor
The Conference Board

Willem Overmeer is a senior advisor at The Conference Board and the program on Scenario Building & Analysis. He works closely with individual members of The Conference Board to identify critical trends in the corporate environment and translate these trends into scenarios that help shape entr...Full Bio

Matthew Stewart

Matthew Stewart
Associate Director, National Forecast
The Conference Board of Canada

Matthew Stewart is Associate Director, National Forecast with the Conference Board specializing in the Canadian and world economy. Matthew is currently advising international clients on the economy and has been assisting the Ukrainian federal government and city level governments in developing st...Full Bio

Bart van Ark

Bart van Ark (Moderator)
Executive Vice President & Chief Economist
The Conference Board

Bart van Ark is executive vice president and global chief economist of The Conference Board, a global business research think tank headquartered in New York...Full Bio


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Gad Levanon, Ph.D., Chief Economist, North America, The Conference Board (Full Bio)

Willem Overmeer, Senior Advisor, The Conference Board (Full Bio)

Matthew Stewart, Associate Director, National Forecast, The Conference Board of Canada (Full Bio)

Bart van Ark, Executive Vice President & Chief Economist, The Conference Board (Full Bio)

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