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2020 Mid-Year Construction Economic Forecast

Date: Wednesday, June 10, 2020  
Time: 1 p.m. CT
Length: 90 minutes
Speakers:    Anirban Basu, chief economist, ABC
Moderator:   Lauren Pinch, Construction Executive Editor-in-Chief

*Hosted by Construction Executive magazine*

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unfamiliar territory to the construction industry and continues to wreak havoc on business as usual.

To help construction executives grasp the economic fallout and predict how the rest of the year will play out, CE invites you to join Anirban Basu, chief economist for both ABC and CFMA, for the Mid-Year Economic Outlook webinar. Basu will discuss the impact of the crisis on the construction industry and the economy in general, as well as review regional and national economic indicators, including: GDP, inflation, construction spending, materials pricing and workforce participation and unemployment rates. He also will share predictions on how the rest of the year will play out for contractors.

This important webinar will cover the impact of COVID-19 on the economy as it pertains to construction business executives including:

  • • Reduced spending
  • • Employment impact
  • • Supply chain and pricing issues
  • • Local U.S. pressure locations

Sponsored by Autodesk Construction Cloud, Foundation Software, Hudson Insurance Group and Smith Currie & Hancock LLP


Anirban Basu is chairman & CEO of Sage Policy Group, Inc., an economic and policy consulting firm headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland. The firm provides strategic analytical services to energy suppliers, law firms, medical systems, government agencies and real estate developers, among others.

In addition to chairing the Maryland Economic Development Commission, he has lectured on global strategy, international economics, urban economics, micro- and macroeconomics at John Hopkins University. His radio show can be heard weekdays on 88.1FM, WYPR, Baltimore.

A graduate of Georgetown University, Basu earned his master’s in public policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and his master’s in economics from the University of Maryland, College Park. He earned a juris doctor at the University of Maryland School of Law and has completed doctoral work in health economics at UMBC.