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A recession could last 2 years according to Connecticut economics experts

Fox 61 – CONNECTICUT, USA — Two respected economics experts from Connecticut universities said a recession is coming and it could be a couple of months before the economy straightens out.

America is enduring the worst inflation in 40 years, spurred on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Soon, it’s expected the Federal Reserve will hike interest rates for the first time in four years.


Inflation: Economists from Connecticut and beyond on how we got here and where we’re going

Yahoo! News – Jun. 11—The average consumer probably isn’t pondering how PepsiCo controls more than 80% of the dip market when they’re standing in the grocery store picking up a Tostitos creamy spinach dip for a cookout or Super Bowl party.

But when setting the backdrop for a conversation about the factors in inflation — which economists mainly cite as pandemic-induced disruptions in supply and demand and the war in Ukraine, with dispute over the impact of stimulus packages — lack of market competition is something economist Fred Carstensen can’t emphasize enough. He cites the impacts of the United States largely abandoning antitrust policy over the past 40 years.




At-Risk High Schoolers Learning Personal Finance Basics at UConn

UConn Today – About 50 students from four high schools in Hartford and East Hartford have been traveling by bus to UConn’s Storrs campus for several Saturdays this spring to learn the basics of personal finance. Among those lessons are how to open a bank account, managing personal spending, and ways to fund a college education.


Grad Student Lexy Vecchio Wins IQ Challenge with Videogame that Mimics PTSD

Mary "Lexy" Vecchio and her startup Ursa Mayhem Media have won Innovation Quest 2022 with their video game, Here There Be Bears. (Contributed Photo)
Mary “Lexy” Vecchio and her startup Ursa Mayhem Media have won Innovation Quest 2022 with their video game, Here There Be Bears. (Contributed Photo)

At 11 years old, Mary “Lexy” Vecchio had a traumatic, life-changing ski accident.

She was skiing alone, without a helmet, and hadn’t told her family which trail she would be on. She had a terrible crash, and broke her hip. She was alone in the snow, stranded, frightened, and seriously injured. Her screams for help went unheard for a long time.Continue Reading


Accounting’s Erin Leigh Named UConn Career Mentor of the Year

Erin Leigh (center) poses with Zachary Solomon (left) and Lily Jackson (right) as they earn their Master of Science degrees in Accounting. Erin was awarded the Career Mentor of the Year award by the Provost's Office.    (Contributed Photo)
Erin Leigh (center) poses with Zachary Solomon (left) and Lily Jackson (right) as they earn their Master of Science degrees in Accounting. Erin was awarded the Career Mentor of the year award by the Provost’s Office. (Contributed Photo)

Erin Leigh, the recruiting, career and external relations manager for the Accounting Department, has been named Career Mentor of the Year for the 2021-22 academic year. Leigh was nominated by her students and received the award from the Provost’s Office.Continue Reading


Commencement Speaker Rich Vogel: Pandemic Created Unprecedented Opportunity for Class of 2022

Areesha Khan '22, left and Sahar Sajjad '22, right, both MIS majors, attend the School of Business 2022 Commencement Ceremony at Gampel Pavilion. (Nathan Oldham / UConn School of Business)
Areesha Khan ’22, left and Sahar Sajjad ’22, right, both MIS majors, attend the School of Business 2022 Commencement Ceremony at Gampel Pavilion. (Nathan Oldham / UConn School of Business)

Richard Vogel ’87, a marketing expert and an adviser and champion for startup businesses, recalled feeling proud, but also uneasy about his future, when he attended his UConn graduation 35 years ago.

“Don’t ever let that feeling stop you from going boldly into your work. Instead, use fear and anxiety as a motivator and source of focus,” he told 800 enthusiastic undergraduates, their families, and friends at Saturday’s School of Business Commencement ceremony in Gampel Pavilion.Continue Reading


Monique Domingo ’22, School of Business

UConn Today – While studying for her doctorate at the UConn School of Business, Monique Domingo sought to pay forward the support she herself had received throughout her academic journey by serving as a mentor to other students. She’ll be taking that Husky spirit and love of learning with her to Louisiana State University after graduation, where she hopes to guide and inspire the next generation of learners as an assistant professor of management.


Nicholas Willett ’22, School of Business

UConn Today – From a young age, Nicholas Willett has always been interested in processes, people, and building things. For these reasons, he chose UConn’s School of Business program, where he pursued his interests and engaged in various campus clubs and groups – all while working for a San Diego-based startup.