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Thursday AM April 15th, 2010

A respected University of Houston economist says unlike late last year, he now believes the economic recovery is real, but that Houston is no longer immune to downturns like it had been in the past. Jack Williams reports.



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As part of his latest economic forecast, Dr. Barton Smith, who’s director of the Center for Public Policy’s Institute for
Regional Forecasting, says he’s a believer now.

“I think you can now say that the recovery is real. I believe the recovery will continue for at least another 12 months. It’s not the next 12 months that concern me as much as the next 4 years.”

He says the Fed’s biggest challenge now is to decide on what he calls an “exit strategy”, a way to unwind massive bank reserves that were put in place to stimulate the economy and that could now cause inflation. He says unlike past downturns, Houston is now more linked to the U.S. and global economies and is dependent on those recoveries more than ever before.

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Jack Williams

Jack Williams

Executive Producer for Daily News

Jack is back in Houston after some time away working in public radio and television in Lincoln, Nebraska. Before leaving for the Midwest, he worked in various roles at Houston Public Media from 2000-2016, including reporting, hosting and anchoring. Jack has also worked in commercial news radio in Houston, Austin...

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