Winter Institute - Innovative Economics

Speakers and Presenters

February 4, 2021

Economic Outlook Panel

Panel Speakers

Laura KalambokidisLaura Kalambokidis
Laura Kalambokidis is Minnesota's State Economist. In that position, she heads the Economic Analysis unit at MMB, which is responsible for producing and presenting the state's revenue and economic forecasts. Laura is also a professor in the Department of Applied Economics and an extension economist at the University of Minnesota, where she teaches public sector economics and does research on a range of federal and state tax policy issues. Laura was a member of the Minnesota State Budget Trends Study Commission in 2007-08 and the Minnesota Tax Expenditure Review Study Group in 2010-11. Prior to assuming her position at the university, she was a financial economist in the Office of Tax Analysis in the U.S. Department of Treasury in Washington, D.C, where she provided economic analysis of tax policy issues and developed models to estimate the revenue effects of proposed tax changes. Laura has been Minnesota State Economist since 2013. She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Michigan and an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Minnesota.

Louis JohnstonLouis Johnston is a Professor of Economics at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University, where he has taught since 1997. He earned his B.S. at the University of Minnesota, and his M.A. and PhD (1990) at the University of California, Berkeley (all in Economics). Johnston specializes in macroeconomics, economic history, and the connections between economic policy and economic history. His most recent projects focus on analyzing the evolution of Minnesota’s economy and how Minnesota became “above average” since World War II. For a summary, see his recent essay for the Minnesota Historical Society, “Exchange, Industry, and Adaptation: Economics in Minnesota.” Johnston writes a column on economics and the economy for MinnPost and is a guest on Minnesota Public Radio, WCCO Radio, and Twin Cities Public Television. He has been interviewed and quoted by the St. Cloud Times, Minneapolis StarTribune, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Bloomberg News, Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, Marketplace, CNN, Minnesota News Network, and other media.

Luke Greiner photoLuke Greiner is the Department of Employment and Economic Development’s regional analyst for central and southwestern Minnesota. Luke conducts research, writes publications, and provides presentations about Greater Minnesota's economy, job market, industry trends, career and educational decision making, and higher education outcomes. He has a bachelor's degree in management from Park University in Parkville, MO and currently serves on the National ACT Steering Committee and Minnesota State ACT Council.



King Banaian photo

King Banaian is dean of the School of Public Affairs at St. Cloud State University. He is also a professor in the Department of Economics at SCSU. He holds the Ph.D. in economics from the Claremont Graduate School. He is author of The Ukrainian Economy since Independence (Edward Elgar, 1998), co-editor of The Design and Use of Political Economy Indicators (Palgrave, 2008) and more than forty articles and book chapters discussing monetary policy and political economy. He has served as a consultant to central banks and governments in several developing countries. King was state representative in the Minnesota House for District 15B, 2011-13. He is also host of the King Banaian Show on Business1440 KYCR broadcast in Minneapolis, and co-author of the St. Cloud Quarterly Business Report. He specializes in the economy of central Minnesota and the state, monetary affairs, and higher education. He lives in St. Cloud, Minnesota, with his wife Barbara.