The Economy 2020: What’s Next?

With the American and California economies still creating jobs, and unemployment rates getting lower in the United States and California, there are concerns about the types of jobs being created and the long-term implications of such job creation on both worker and business risk. The Coronavirus has imputed short-term risks, what about the long-term? Will equity markets recover and will recent changes affect jobs growth?

Dr. Eyler will provide information on recent jobs growth across California to both describe recent changes and forecasts, and to discuss some of those medium to long-term risks to labor markets. How the 2020 presidential elections may affect our economy and job growth to 2023 will be discussed.

The opportunities specific to community colleges and demographic evolution play a part in the California economy as well. Labor market risks do exist and the role of higher education is being both broadened and tested in California every day. Dr. Eyler will provide a comprehensive look at the economy through the lens of jobs as a way of considering the next few years; economic forecast, including the latest effects on the California economy given global shocks in 2020.

3 Takeaways:

  1. What happened in Q1 and Q2 2020 so far in the markets and why
  2. An understanding of what is happening in housing markets and why
  3. Three reasons to be cautious and three to be optimistic for 2020 and 2021 about the economy.


About the Facilitator: Robert Eyler
Dr. Robert Eyler is chief economist of the Marin Economic Forum. He is also Dean of the School of Extended and International Education at Sonoma State University, where he has been teaching since 1995. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis in 1998. He earned a B.A. in Economics at CSU, Chico in 1992. Dr. Eyler also serves on the board of directors of Redwood Credit Union, a $7 billion nonprofit financial cooperative.
Dr. Eyler is the author of two books and several academic articles concerning economic sanctions, the economics of the wine industry, and monetary economics. He is often called up by the media for his expert input into the economic climate, acted as an expert witness in interstate trade litigation, and as a forensic economist.
Dr. Eyler has been a visiting scholar at both the University of Bologna and Stanford University. He is married and has one daughter, Luciana, and is a native of Sonoma County, California. His family have been sheep and cattle ranchers in Marin and Sonoma counties since 1910.
8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 22nd, 2020