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Fed Economist to Address Economic Forum
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 6:30 AM

Federal Reserve economist, and sometimes storyteller, Thomas Siems has joined the venerable list of presenters at Catalyst Corporate’s 40th annual Economic Forum.

Siems is assistant vice president and senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. He has published more than 60 articles in various academics journals, books, and Federal Reserve publications, and he is the National Association for Business Economics’ first two-time winner of the Edmund A. Mennis Contributed Paper Award.

Sometimes Siems' writing carries weighty titles, such as "Rethinking bank efficiency and regulation: How off balance-sheet activities make a difference." But he also knows how to keep it simple. Siems has authored five children’s picture books, including The Dangerous Pet, which poetically challenges the way the next generation thinks about debt. In the short book, a boy is tasked with taking care of an unusual green, furry pet named Debt. The boy struggles to feed the pet and mayhem ensues.

Siems' more scholarly insights have received extensive attention from leading publications, including The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist and American Banker. In 2015, he delivered his first TEDx Talk on the “Wealth of Innovations.”

The Fed economist currently conducts economic and financial research on globalization, including how technology and policies impact productivity and economic growth. He is also a senior lecturer in the Engineering Management Information and Systems department in the School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University. Siems is active in the Fed’s economic education programs and has taught economics, statistics, finance, and operations management at SMU, LeTourneau University and the University of Dallas.

Siems’ presentation will open the final day of the 2017 Economic Forum, which is set for Oct. 2-4 at the Omni Mandalay Hotel in Las Colinas, Texas. Save-the-date postcards will mail to credit unions this week. Registration will open in early June.