Marsh & McLennan: NERA Economic Consulting Lecture Series to Feature Google Chief Economist Dr. Hal Varian

16 April 2013


Washington, DC -- NERA Economic Consulting and its parent company, Marsh & McLennan Companies, are pleased to announce that Dr. Hal Varian, the Chief Economist at Google and Professor Emeritus at the University of California, will deliver an address on current economic events as part of the Marsh & McLennan: NERA Economic Consulting Lecture Series. The lecture will take place at the Marvin Center at the George Washington University on Wednesday, 8 May 2013, at 6:00 pm Eastern.

Marsh & McLennan Companies and NERA are proud to sponsor this series, which highlights the importance and impact of economics in business and regulatory environments.
In Dr. Varian's presentation, "Predicting the Present with Search Engine Data," he will show how search queries from Google can forecast  the near-term values of important economic indicators such as retail, automotive, and housing sales, unemployment claims, travel destination planning, and consumer confidence.
Dr. Varian joined Google in 2002, and has worked on the design of advertising auctions, econometrics, finance, corporate strategy, and public policy. He has written two bestselling textbooks: Intermediate Microeconomics, an undergraduate microeconomics text, and Microeconomic Analysis, an advanced text. He received his BS from MIT in economics and both his MA (mathematics) and PhD (economics) from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was the founding dean of the School of Information.
The Marsh & McLennan: NERA Economic Consulting Lecture Series on Current Economic Events is organized by The George Washington University's Department of Economics. This event is open to all alumni, faculty, students, and friends of the GW Department of Economics.
To learn more, please contact Stuart Harshbarger, NERA Vice President at

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