George W. Hammond, Ph.D., Director and Research Professor
George W. Hammond is director of the Economic and Business Research Center in the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona. Dr. Hammond brings 17 years of experience in state and local econometric forecasting and regional economic analysis to the Center and the Forecasting Project. He has extensive experience in the design and use of econometric models for forecasting and he has produced nearly 100 forecasts of state and local economies. Dr. Hammond has also completed over 50 regional economic studies on topics that include economic and workforce development, energy forecasting, and the impact of higher education on human capital accumulation. These forecasts and reports garnered significant grant support and had significant influence, reaching over one thousand business leaders, policymakers, and individuals each year through conferences, publications, and press contacts. Dr. Hammond is a frequent contributor to local and national news services. His analysis and commentary have been featured in such distinguished venues as the NBC Nightly News, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and the New York Times.
Dr. Hammond is also a research professor in the Center. His academic research focuses on the determinants of local economic growth in the U.S., the impact of state and local policies on economic growth, and the contribution of higher education to local workforce development. His research has appeared in the top journals in his field including the Journal of Regional Science, the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, the International Regional Science Review, the Annals of Regional Science, Papers in Regional Science, Regional Studies, Review of Regional Studies, and the Manchester School Review.
Dr. Hammond holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Colorado and a Ph.D. in business economics from Indiana University. He comes to the Eller College of Management from the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at West Virginia University, where he was a faculty member for 17 years.
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