Charging Ahead with Electrification—A Conversation About the Auto Industry

Wednesday 6 October 2021, 19:00 - 20:00 CEST

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago (Online)
October 6, 2021 | 10–11 am CT (11 am–12 pm ET)

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Type of event: 
Public event
We are at the beginning of a dramatic shift in the auto industry—a transformation that will impact manufacturers, their workforce, and the Detroit region.
During this one-hour virtual conversation, we will discuss the following:
  • How transformative will these changes be?
  • What is driving this change?
  • What are the economic implications for Detroit?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities facing workers?
This forum is part of Project Hometown, a Chicago Fed initiative created to better understand the challenges facing the people and communities we serve. Through these discussions, we examine how our hometowns can recover from the pandemic, overcome longstanding inequities, and grow stronger.

Thomas Klier
Thomas Klier
Senior Economist and Economic Advisor,
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Thomas H. Klier is a senior economist and economic advisor in the Economic Research Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Klier’s research focuses on the effects of changes in manufacturing technology, the spatial distribution of economic activity, and regional economic development. Since joining the Chicago Fed in 1992, Klier has written widely on the evolving geography of the auto industry. His current research includes the changing structure of the auto industry and the responsiveness of the demand for new vehicles to the price of gasoline.
Klier’s research has been published in scholarly journals, including the Journal of Regional StudiesJournal of Business and Economic StatisticsThe Industrial GeographerEconomic Development QuarterlyReview of Regional StudiesJournal of Environmental Planning and ManagementPublic Choice, and American Economic Journal: Economic Policy. Klier is co-author of a book on the auto supplier industry (joint with Jim Rubenstein, Miami University), published by the Upjohn Institute in 2008.
Klier received an MBA from Friedrich-Alexander-Universitaet Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany, an MA from Wayne State University, and a PhD in economics from Michigan State University.

Leslie McGranahan
Leslie McGranahan
Vice President and Director of Regional Research,
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Opening Remarks
Leslie McGranahan is a vice president and director of regional research in the Economic Research Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Her primary research interests relate to the effects of federal, state, and local government policy on individuals and households. She has written about numerous government programs, including the Earned Income Tax Credit, the Child Tax Credit, the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, and the sales tax. She also closely follows regional and national developments in government spending and revenues.
McGranahan’s research has been published in journals, including the National Tax Journal and Journal of Political Economy. Her work has also been featured in the Chicago Fed Letter and Economic Perspectives, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s publications.
McGranahan returned to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 2004 after working as a lecturer at the University of Warwick and as research economist at the Institute for Fiscal Studies in London, England. She received a bachelor’s degree in politics from Princeton University and master’s and doctorate degrees in economics from Northwestern University.

Kristin Dziczek
Kristin Dziczek
Senior Vice President, Research,
Center for Automotive Research
Kristin Dziczek is senior vice president of research at the Center for Automotive Research (CAR). Dziczek joined CAR in 2005 and has more than 25 years of experience as a researcher and policy analyst. She is globally recognized as an expert on automotive competitiveness, trade, industrial policy, labor, and talent issues. She regularly presents at conferences and industry events throughout North America.
Dziczek leads CAR’s business and technology groups, with a research portfolio focused on developing a better understanding of the connections between the automotive industry, technology, the economy, society, and public policy.
Prior to joining CAR, Dziczek served as the associate director of the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center and worked for the U.S. Congress, International Union UAW, and General Motors Corporation. She has published articles in the Monthly Labor ReviewIndustrial and Labor Relations ReviewJournal of Technology Transfer, and Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, among others. She earned her BA in economics, MPP in public policy, and MS in industrial and operations engineering, all from the University of Michigan.

John Graham
John Graham
O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University
John D. Graham is professor of risk analysis and decision science at the Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University. He previously served as a senior OMB official in the George W. Bush administration, where he oversaw automotive regulation. He recently wrote the book The Global Rise of the Modern Plug-In Electric Vehicle, published by Elgar Publishing.
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