Jackson Hole Economic Summit

Written By
Paul Tracy
Updated November 4, 2020

What is the Jackson Hole Economic Summit?

The annual Jackson Hole Economic Summit focuses on prominent economic issues that face the U.S. along with the rest of the world.

How Does the Jackson Hole Economic Summit Work?

The Jackson Hole Economic Summit is also referred to as the Jackson Hole Economic Symposium.

The conference is sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and has been annually held in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The event calls upon chief central bankers and finance ministers, market analysts, and academics from all around the world, to discuss long-term trends and develop long-term outlooks on emerging future concerns.

The initial conferences, which began in 1978, focused on global macroeconomic concerns, international agriculture, and world trade. Since the double-dip recession of the 1980s,however, the summit's focus has turned toward political and financial issues such as monetary policy and macroeconomic issues including: price stability, financial market volatility and debt sustainability. The conference may even discuss the possibility of a financial system restructure.

Past topics held at the Jackson Hole Economic Summit include:

2010: "Macroeconomic Challenges: The Decade Ahead"

2009: "Financial Stability and Macroeconomic Policy"

2008: "Maintaining Stability in a Changing Financial System"

2007: "Housing, Housing Finance, and Monetary Policy"

Why Does the Jackson Hole Economic Summit Matter?

Investors and major market players watch statements made at the Jackson Hole Economic Summit closely. Unexpected remarks regarding a market's outlook that are made from prominent speakers of the event can have a significant impact on global stock and currency prices.

The international, future-looking conference has had its share of criticism, with some analysts complaining that it "failed" to prevent recent global financial crises. But defenders of the conference explain that no institution or market expert could have accurately predicted the way international markets would react in a financial meltdown. 

Activate your free account to unlock our most valuable savings and money-making tips
  • 100% FREE
  • Exclusive money-making tips before we post them to the live site
  • Weekly insights and analysis from our financial experts
  • Free Report - 25 Ways to Save Hundreds on Your Monthly Expenses
  • Free Report - Eliminate Credit Card Debt with these 10 Simple Tricks
Ask an Expert
All of our content is verified for accuracy by Paul Tracy and our team of certified financial experts. We pride ourselves on quality, research, and transparency, and we value your feedback. Below you'll find answers to some of the most common reader questions about Jackson Hole Economic Summit.
Be the first to ask a question

If you have a question about Jackson Hole Economic Summit, then please ask Paul.

Ask a question

Paul has been a respected figure in the financial markets for more than two decades. Prior to starting InvestingAnswers, Paul founded and managed one of the most influential investment research firms in America, with more than 3 million monthly readers.

If you have a question about Jackson Hole Economic Summit, then please ask Paul.

Ask a question Read more from Paul
Paul Tracy - profile
Ask an Expert about Jackson Hole Economic Summit

By submitting this form you agree with our Privacy Policy

Don't Know a Financial Term?
Search our library of 4,000+ terms