Episode 419: Manufacturing Matters – How The Coronavirus Outbreak Will Effect The Electronics And Semiconductor Industries

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In this episode, Shawn DuBravac, Chief Economist of IPC, and Falan Yinug, Director of Industry Statistics and Economic Policy at the Semiconductor Industry Association, discuss the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak on the electronics and semiconductor industries. Both guests respond to questions about fundamental price and employment outcomes but also discuss broader issues such as the lessons from previous crises as well as the appropriate policies for mitigating the damaging effects of the coronavirus shock on global manufacturing performance. The interview concludes with a discussion of potential longer-term industry consequences.

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Dr. Shawn DuBravac, Chief Economist at IPC

Shawn DuBravac

Acclaimed global futurist and trendcaster, Dr. Shawn DuBravac is author of the New York Times Best Seller Digital Destiny: How the New Age of Data Will Transform the Way We Work, Live, and Communicate, which explores how the world’s mass adoption of digital technologies portends the beginning of a new era for humanity in the realms of business, healthcare, finance, transportation and culture. Dr. DuBravac is an internationally-recognized thought leader and top-rated keynote speaker, delivering pragmatic and provocative insights on the trends, technologies and paradigms transforming the globe. His research focuses on the forces shaping tomorrow that are percolating on the peripheral of society and business today. By providing an elevated view of developing trends, DuBravac empowers leaders and their organizations to improve strategic decision-making capabilities by identifying and understanding the changing landscape and opportunities that lie ahead. DuBravac served for over a dozen years as chief economist for the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,000 consumer tech companies and owner and producer of CES. DuBravac writes extensively on disruptive technological shifts and has been widely published on the topics of technology, finance and economics. His analysis has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Financial Times, Washington Post, Wired, Los Angeles Times, Barron’s and on-air with CNBC, Bloomberg, NPR, CBS and other media outlets. In 2012, DuBravac was named to Dealerscope’s “40 under 40” list of people to watch in the technology industry and in 2017, Prophix named him one of 27 Finance Thought Leaders to Read and Follow. He was a founding trustee of the CTA Foundation, is a past-President of both the CFA Society of Washington, DC and the Conference of Business Economists, and a past board member of the National Association of Business Economists. DuBravac has taught at the George Washington University School of Business, American University’s Kogod School of Business, the George Mason University School of Business, Marymount University School of Business, and the University of Mary Washington.

Falan Yinug, Director of Industry Statistics and Economic Policy at SIA

Falan Yinug

Falan Yinug is director of industry statistics and economic policy at SIA. Responsible for managing SIA’s statistics and data program, Falan represents SIA in the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) program, which maintains industry-driven monthly sales data for the global industry as well as sales forecasts. His work also entails supporting SIA’s advocacy efforts through economic research and analysis. In pursuit of this goal, he works closely with SIA staff and member companies, federal statistical agencies, domestic and international companies and business associations, international organizations, foreign government officials, and the academic and think tank community.

Falan has prior experience with the high-tech industry, having worked for the U.S. International Trade Commission as its semiconductor and semiconductor manufacturing equipment analyst for 9 years. Falan began his career with the federal government as a Presidential Management Fellow and has worked at the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. He has a B.A. in history from Carleton College, and a master’s in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School. He lived in Honduras as a Peace Corps volunteer for 2.5 years and speaks Spanish.

Falan enjoys traveling, sports, reading, and music.