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Loren Scott
President of Loren C. Scott & Associates, Inc.

Dr. Scott is the President of Loren C. Scott & Associates, Inc., an economic consulting firm whose clients include such large national firms as BellSouth, Bank One, ExxonMobil, and a diversity of others such as Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association, Placid Oil Refinery, the Louisiana Chemical Association, Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, the Louisiana Judicial Compensation Commission, and the Coushatta Indian Tribe.

His career started at Louisiana State University in 1969 where he spent the next 33 years, rising through the ranks from assistant professor to the prestigious Freeport McMoran Endowed Chair of Economics and the Director of the Division of Economic Development and Forecasting.

Over the thirteen-year period from 1983-96, he was the chairman of the Economics Department at LSU. During that time, the Department's ranking among the 3,000 economics departments in the U.S. rose from 101st to 35th. He is presently Professor Emeritus at LSU and continues to teach in the Executive MBA and LSU Executive Programs. He received 7 awards at LSU for outstanding classroom teaching.

Dr. Scott is co-developer of the Louisiana econometric (e-con-o-met'-rick) model, a model used for providing annual forecasts of the Louisiana economy, which are released each September. He has been a co-investigator on over $1 million in grant research at LSU and is the author of over 75 articles and technical reports. He gives 50-70 speeches a year on the state of the economy.

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02/16 - Effects of Expansion: Medicaid in Louisiana

How will the lives of those who now have access to health care change?

Special Presentation


12/15 - Election 2015: An Analysis

What strategies did each of the major candidates use during the Governor's race?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

Would the breakaway City of St. George quash Baton Rouge’s school desegregation progress?

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03/16 - Justice on Hold: Louisiana’s Public Defender Shortage

How serious of a problem is the shortage of public defenders in Louisiana?

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What happens when police and the people they arrest have different versions of their encounters?


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10/15 - Funding the Future: Early Childhood Opportunities

How can improving early childhood programs improve the state’s educational outcomes, workforce, and economics?


09/15 - Agenda Louisiana

What issues will candidates face and where do they stand?

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