What Economists Know That Just Ain’t So: The U.S. Chemical Industry and Manufacturing in the World Economy

Joseph Priestley Society
Thursday, April 9, 2020
11:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Science History Institute
315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
United States

The Joseph Priestley Society welcomes economist Robert Fry, who will present his outlook for the global economy, with an emphasis on the U.S. chemical industry and U.S. manufacturing in general. 

Fry will discuss why the economy slowed in late 2018 and what the prospects are for faster growth in 2020 and beyond. Among the topics to be covered are gross domestic product, industrial production, housing starts, motor vehicle sales, inflation, and interest rates. Fry will also discuss the implications of business investment for current and future growth, the 2020 election, and tax policy.

About the Speaker


Robert Fry headshot

Robert C. Fry Jr.

Robert Fry is the chief economist of Robert Fry Economics LLC, where he analyzes and forecasts the global economy to guide business decision makers. He publishes a monthly newsletter, Current Economic Conditions, and speaks on the economic outlook to corporate leadership teams, at customer events, and at trade association meetings.

Before retiring from DuPont in June 2015 Fry was the company’s senior economist, and he and his colleague, Bob Shrouds, were named among the top economic forecasters by Bloomberg, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal. In 2005 they won the prestigious Lawrence R. Klein Award for Blue Chip Forecasting Accuracy, making the DuPont Economist’s Office the first three-time winner of the award.

Fry is a fellow of the National Association for Business Economics and a member of the Consensus Economics, Wall Street Journal, and CNBC survey panels. In 2018 he ranked in the top five among the more than 60 forecasters in the Wall Street Journal survey.

Fry received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Ohio University and his master’s degree and PhD in economics from Harvard University.


Event Schedule

  • 11:30 a.m.
    Networking Reception
  • 12:15 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m.


About the Series

The Joseph Priestley Society (JPS) promotes a deeper understanding of science, technology, and industry, with an emphasis on innovation and entrepreneurship. Speakers are leaders from a wide variety of large and small chemical companies and the financial, consulting, and academic communities.

For more information about this event, please contact jps@sciencehistory.org.