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We are at the beginning of a dramatic shift in the auto industry—a transformation that will impact manufacturers, their workforce, and the Detroit region.

During this one-hour virtual conversation, we will discuss the following:

  • How transformative will these changes be?
  • What is driving this change?
  • What are the economic implications for Detroit?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities facing workers?

This forum is part of Project Hometown, a Chicago Fed initiative created to better understand the challenges facing the people and communities we serve. Through these discussions, we examine how our hometowns can recover from the pandemic, overcome longstanding inequities, and grow stronger.


Thomas Klier

Thomas Klier

Senior Economist and Economic Advisor,
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Moderator


Leslie McGranahan

Leslie McGranahan

Vice President and Director of Regional Research,
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Opening Remarks

Leslie McGranahan is a vice president and director of regional research in the Economic Research Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Her primary research interests relate to the effects of federal, state, and local government policy on individuals and households. She has written about numerous government programs, including the Earned Income Tax Credit, the Child Tax Credit, the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, and the sales tax. She also closely follows regional and national developments in government spending and revenues.

McGranahan’s research has been published in journals, including the National Tax Journal and Journal of Political Economy. Her work has also been featured in the Chicago Fed Letter and Economic Perspectives, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s publications.

McGranahan returned to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2004 after working as a lecturer at the University of Warwick and as research economist at the Institute for Fiscal Studies in London, England. She received a bachelor’s degree in politics from Princeton University and master’s and doctorate degrees in economics from Northwestern University.


Kristin Dziczek

Kristin Dziczek

Senior Vice President, Research,
Center for Automotive Research

Panelist


John Graham

John Graham

Professor,
O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University

Panelist

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