Housing, Place, and Flexible Work: The Future of the New England Economy Housing, Place, and Flexible Work: The Future of the New England Economy

January 19, 2023
9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. ET
Connolly Center
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
600 Atlantic Avenue
Boston, MA
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The COVID crisis upended social and economic life in ways that are still hard to predict. One central question is how hybrid work and shifts in where people congregate will impact housing, commuting, and the economy. This conference will explore the impact of shifting housing costs, changing work patterns, and demographic trends on the economic future of Massachusetts and New England. How will we address the immediate stressors and what are the implications of long-run trends? Economists, business, and policy leaders will share their perspectives and suggest possible paths forward.

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9:00 a.m.


Darcy Saas

Director of Outreach & Communications, Research
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

9:05 a.m.

Opening Remarks

Dr. Susan M. Collins

President & CEO
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

9:30 a.m.

Shifting Economic Conditions


Dr. John Ballantine
New England Economic Partnership & Senior Lecturer
Brandeis International Business School

Dr. Alan Clayton Matthews
Associate Professor Emeritus of Economics and Public Policy
Northeastern University

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Dr. Jeffrey Thompson
Vice President and Economist
New England Public Policy Center
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

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10:40 a.m.


11:00 a.m.

Panel Discussion


Daniel McCue
Senior Research Associate
Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies

Dr. Richard Nesto
Chief Medical Officer
Beth Israel Lahey Health

Chrystal Kornegay
Executive Director


Dr. Mark Melnik
Director of Economic and Public Policy Research
UMass Donahue Institute

12:00 p.m.

Networking Luncheon