William A. Strauss

Senior Economist and Economic Advisor

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William A. Strauss is a senior economist and economic advisor in the economic research department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, which he joined in 1982. His chief responsibilities include analyzing the current performance of both the Midwest economy and the manufacturing sector for use in monetary policy. He organizes the Bank's Economic Outlook Symposium and Automotive Outlook Symposium. In addition, he conducts industrial and manufacturing roundtables throughout the year.

Strauss has taught as an adjunct faculty member at Loyola University Chicago and Webster University in Chicago. He currently teaches at DePaul University Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, and at the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies. At the latter institution, he was named winner of the 2010 Excellence in Teaching Award in the Business and Professional Programs. He was recognized by the University at Buffalo as a Distinguished Alumni in 2012.

His research papers include analysis of the manufacturing sector, the automotive sector, the Midwest regional economy, the trade-weighted dollar, business cycles and Federal Reserve payments operations.

Strauss has been interviewed on numerous television and radio shows and quoted in the major business magazines and newspapers. He has also provided testimony concerning manufacturing issues to the U.S. Senate.

He is a past president of the Chicago Association of Business Economists; a past board member for the National Association for Business Economics; a member of the National Business Economics Issues Council; a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the University at Buffalo; a member of the Advisory Board for the Center of Excellence on Human Capital, Technology Transfer and Economic Growth and Development, a member of the Advisory Council for the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Center for Economic Education; a member of the Economic Advisory Committee for the Council on Competitiveness; a board member of Global Interdependence Center; and a member of the Council of Great Lakes Governors Maritime Advisory Committee.

Strauss earned a B.A. in economics and geography from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and an M.A. in economics from Northwestern University. He is a Certified Business Economist™ (CBE), the certification in business economics and data analytics developed by the National Association for Business Economics. It documents a professional’s accomplishment, experience, abilities and demonstrates mastery of the body of knowledge critical for a successful career in the field of economics and data analytics.

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Rocky Mountain Economic Summit

Presentation | July 10, 2014


The Federal Reserve's Beige Book

National Association of Business Economists - Economic Measurement Seminar | July 30, 2012


Economic Recovery - State of Manufacturing

Getting the Euro to Work | July 25, 2012


Economic and Residential Outlook

Rockford Area Realtors | July 19, 2012


Economic Outlook

Belvidere Area Chamber of Commerce | July 19, 2012


Economic Assessment

University of Illinois Chicago Center for Economic Education | July 18, 2012


Economic Outlook

Risk Management Association – Chicago Chapter | July 17, 2012


Economic Outlook

William Blair | June 11, 2012


Assessing Manufacturing - Output and Labor

National Association of Business Economists Industry Conference | May 31, 2012


The Renaissance in Manufacturing - Job Savior

Georgia State University | May 23, 2012


Is the U.S. Losing Its Manufacturing BaseEconomic Outlook for 2012 and 201

Commercial Carriers Journal Spring Symposium | May 22, 2012


Economic and Manufacturing Outlook

Automation Conference | May 21, 2012


Is the U.S. Losing Its Manufacturing Base?

Drexel University | May 18, 2012


Economic Outlook

MEMA Financial Services Group | May 16, 2012


Economic Outlook

Global Automotive Outlook Symposium | May 16, 2012


Economic and Manufacturing Outlook

Kentwood-Wyoming Business Forum | May 11, 2012


Economic Outlook for 2012 and 2013

National Association of Personal Financial Advisors | May 10, 2012


Economic and Housing Outlook

Builder 12 | May 10, 2012


Economic Outlook for 2012 and 2013

Ship Masters | May 9, 2012


Manufacturing and Automotive Assessment

National Business Economics Issues Council | May 9, 2012


Commencement Address to the Graduating Cadets – Class of 2012

Great Lakes Maritime Academy | May 5, 2012


European vs. U.S. Exports (What Happens in Europe Stays in Europe)

Loyola University Chicago | April 18, 2012

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