UCLA experts: U.S. and California economy

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Home of the UCLA Anderson Forecast and the UCLA Labor Center, UCLA has experts on federal and state budgets, labor markets, minimum wage, financial markets, immigrant workers, emerging trends like the rise in the sharing economy, and other economic issues affecting California, the United States and the world. Click an expert’s name for a more detailed biography and contact information.

 

Edward Leamer

Leamer is director of the UCLA Anderson Forecast and comments on the local, national and international economies.

Lee Ohanian

Ohanian is a professor of economics who studies macroeconomic theory and policy, business cycles and growth, and the stock market and financial markets. He has argued that pro-labor policies backed by President Herbert Hoover following the stock market crash of 1929 turned what might have been a bad recession into the Great Depression.

Jerry Nickelsburg

Nickelsburg is a senior economist with the UCLA Anderson Forecast, is an expert on the national and California economies.

Roger Farmer

Farmer is a professor of economics and an expert on the role of market psychology on economic activity.

Daniel J.B. Mitchell

Mitchell, professor emeritus at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and distinguished professor of public policy at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, comments regularly on California’s economy, labor relations and labor-market issues.

William Yu

Yu is an economist with the UCLA Anderson Forecast who specializes in the economies of Los Angeles and China.

Chris Tilly

Tilly, director of the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment and a professor of public policy, is an expert on the national and California economies, labor markets and the relationship between public policies and the creation of jobs, and also the minimum wage.

Abel Valenzuela

Valenzuela is a professor of Chicana and Chicano studies and director of UCLA’s Center for the Study of Urban Poverty. Valenzuela is an expert on immigration issues and day laborers, and the experiences of minority groups in the labor market.

Kent Wong

Wong is director of the UCLA Labor Center and an expert on labor unions, labor relations and immigrant workers. A labor attorney, Wong has conducted extensive research on immigrant workers in Los Angeles.

Janna Shadduck-Hernández

Shadduck-Hernández is a project director at the UCLA Labor Center and an expert on immigrant labor issues, specifically the organizing efforts of low-wage immigrant workers to combat labor and workplace violations.

Saba Waheed

Waheed is a research director at the UCLA Labor Center and an expert on low-wage service industries such as taxis, restaurants, nail salons and domestic work, as well as sharing economy businesses like Uber and Lyft.

Lola Smallwood Cuevas

Smallwood Cuevas directs the Los Angeles Black Worker Center at the UCLA Labor Center and is an expert on unions, employment discrimination and the black working class in Los Angeles.

Victor Narro

Narro is a project director with the UCLA Labor Center and an expert on the workplace rights of immigrant workers and immigration policy, who has experience as an organizer of day laborers, domestic workers, garment workers and gardeners. Speaks Spanish.

Lynn LoPucki

LoPucki is a professor at the UCLA School of Law and an expert on bankruptcy.

David Lewin

Lewin is a professor emeritus at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and an expert on public-sector unionism, collective bargaining and pensions, and executive pay.

Christopher Erickson

Erickson is a professor at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and an expert on wage determination, collective bargaining and union organizing.

 

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