Connecting The Dots Between The Economy... And Business!

Dr. Bill Conerly connects the dots between the economy and business decisions. As a consultant, he not only forecasts the economy but also helps business leaders understand how their challenges will change with the evolving economy. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Duke University and was ... more


Re-Exports Controversy Is A Sad Case Of Factoid Economics
The controversy over counting re-exports in the trade deficit derives from a common fallacy that I call factoid economics.
Dodd-Frank Reform Won't Help Businesses Get Bank Loans
Repeal of the Dodd-Frank bank regulation act was one of Donald Trump’s campaign promises. Businesses have hoped that bank credit would become easier with a more favorable bank regulatory environment, but I don’t see that happening.
U.S. Manufacturing Needs Immigrant Engineers
Speaking with manufacturing executives after the election, their first topic of discussion was access to engineers. For American manufacturing to thrive, products must be invented and production methods optimized. That means engineers.
Imports Permeate The US Manufacturing Sector
Imports permeate the United States manufacturing sector, a point that should be kept in mind by business leaders as well as by politicians.
Trump Is At The Helm But Does Not Control The Course Of The Economy
A good helmsman helps a sailboat win races, but does a good president help the economy grow faster? I think not, and my opinion is not just because I dislike some of President Trump’s proposals.
Our Low Productivity Comes From Choices Wealthy People Make
The U.S. economy has a number of problems that limit our growth, but some of them are a result of being a wealthy economy and placing other values above money.


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Work Experience

December 2011 - Present (5 years 3 months)
Conerly Consulting LLC
April 1996 - Present (21 years 2 months)
Strategic planning and the external business environment.
Cascade Policy Institute
Chairman of the Board
1995 - Present (22 years 5 months)
Senior Vice President & Economist
First Interstate Bank
September 1987 - March 1996 (8 years 8 months)
Senior economist and manager of economics department covering five-state region.
Director of Economic Research
July 1984 - June 1987 (3 years)


Duke University
1974 / 1980
New College
1971 / 1974


Businomics Blog
Bill Conerly
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The Businomics blog helps business leaders make more profitable decisions through a better understanding of the economy. Although it occasionally delves into public policy or investments, it's mostly focused on actionable information. When the business cycle turns, the Businomics blog helps business leaders understand how their daily challenges will turn. When new corporate strategy fads emerge, the Businomics blog uses hard-headed economic analysis to determine which parts of the new fad make sense, and which should be ignored.
Businomics: From The Headlines To Your Bottomline
William B. Conerly, Ph.D
William Conerly
Business leaders know that the economy affects their sales, costs and profits. But they often fail to translate economic news into action steps that will protect and grow their profits. The solution is Businomics™: From the Headlines to Your Bottom Line: How to Profit in Any Economic Cycle, which connects the dots between the economic news and business decisions. How vulnerable is your business to recession? Businomics™ explains why some sectors are highly susceptible to downturns, while others are fairly stable—and they are not always the sectors you expect! You may have studied macroeconomics in college, but the course was almost certainly mathematical and focused on policy. Businomics™ attacks the subject from the perspective of a business leader: what you must know to anticipate, prepare for and react to downturns in the economy. The book provides a step-by-step guide to developing an early warning system tailored specifically to your company.
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