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Anderson Forecast names Jerry Nickelsburg new director

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Jerry Nickelsburg
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Jerry Nickelsburg, adjunct professor at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, has been named director of the UCLA Anderson Forecast, one of the most widely watched and respected economic outlooks for California and the nation.

Nickelsburg has played a key role in the forecast team’s economic modeling of the economices in the United States and California, as well as more narrowly focused examinations of the economies of Los Angeles, the Southern California region and the Bay Area. He has conducted studies on such topics as the aerospace industry and the future of manufacturing in Los Angeles, and is a frequent presenter at economic conferences.

In addition to his role at the forecast, Nickelsburg will continue to teach economics in UCLA Anderson’s M.B.A. and global immersion programs. He has published numerous research papers and written more than 100 articles on monetary economics, economic forecasts and analysis, labor economics, and industrial organization. He is also the author of two books on monetary economics and exchange rates.

Nickelsburg succeeds previous director, Edward Leamer, the Chauncey J. Medberry Professor of Management and distinguished professor of economics. During Leamer’s tenure, the forecast uniquely predicted both the seriousness of the early 1990s downturn in California and the strength of the state’s rebound since 1993. The Forecast was also credited as the first major U.S. economic forecasting group to predict the recession of 2001.

“My goal is to continue the vision of professor Leamer in expanding the breadth and scope of the forecast while maintaining its high standard of quality,” Nickelsburg said. 

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