Sean Snaith, Ph.D.Director, Institute for Economic Competitiveness (IEC)
Sean Snaith, Ph.D.
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Sean Snaith, Ph.D., is the director of the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Economic Competitiveness and a nationally recognized economist in the field of business and economic forecasting.
Snaith is the recipient of multiple awards for the accuracy of his forecasts, his research and his teaching. He has served as a consultant for local governments and multinational corporations such as Compaq, Dell and IBM. Before joining UCF’s College of Business, he held teaching positions at Pennsylvania State University, American University in Cairo, the University of North Dakota and the University of the Pacific.
Snaith is frequently interviewed in international, national and regional media. He has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The New York Times, The Economist and The Guardian and has appeared on CNBC, Fox Business Network, The Nightly News with Brian Williams, Al Jazeera, the BBC and CBC, China Central TV, Sky News, Nippon TV and the Business News Network, based in Toronto.
Snaith is a sought-after speaker known for his engaging and humorous presentations. He has built a national reputation for his unique ability to explain complex subject matter in a digestible manner. He earned praise from one business editor for having “an uncanny knack of making economics not only understandable but interesting.”
Snaith is a member of several economic organizations and national economic forecasting panels, including The Wall Street Journal’s Economic Forecasting Survey, the Associated Press’ Economy Survey, CNNMoney.com’s Survey of Leading Economists, USA Today’s Survey of Top Economists, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia’s Survey of Professional Forecasters, Bloomberg and Reuters.
Snaith holds a B.S. in Economics from Allegheny College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Pennsylvania State University.
In the News
Visit Orlando: Record 68 million people visited last yearDespite lower hotel occupancy and lackluster attendance figures from theme parks, Visit Orlando said Thursday the region had a record 68 million visitors last year.
Turbulence shouldn’t stunt FloridaEven with turbulence in the international tourism market and uncertainty surrounding the new U.S. administration, economic growth is expected to continue in the Sunshine State.
Florida layoffs decrease 37 percent over year agoLayoffs in Florida decreased 37 percent in April over a year ago, but only a small percentage of the job cuts were in retail, an industry that has been shedding jobs nationwide.
U.S. Forecast: How Will Economy Fare on Mr. Trump's Wild RideJust a few turbulent weeks into President Donald Trump’s administration, forecasters’ fears of a recession continue to decrease, according to the latest U.S. forecast from the Institute for Economic Competitiveness at UCF College of Business.
Research and Publications
Florida & Metro Forecast June 2016-2045
Florida & Metro Forecast March 2016
U.S. Forecast March 2016U.S. Forecast March 2016
Florida & Metro Forecast December 2015
U.S. Forecast December 2015
Florida & Metro Forecast September 2015
U.S. Forecast August 2015U.S. Economic Forecast August 2015
Florida & Metro Forecast June 2015
U.S. Forecast May 2015A new economic forecast is produced and distributed by the Institute every quarter. Each edition provides updated economic information that is vital to the academic, government, and business communities.
Florida and Metro Economic Forecast: 2013-2016Highlights of the April 2013-2016 Economic Forecast. Housing market continues to improve...
Economic Forecasts and Additional Media Appearances
Video and Media
First Green Bank - Speaker Series
Featured Faculty: Sean Snaith, Ph.D.
Fox 35: Florida's economy under a Trump administration