Alan Hoogasian

Research Economist

Areas of Expertise

  • Regional development
  • Geographic information systems
  • Urban and regional planning
  • Federal transportation policy


Alan Hoogasian is a Research Economist in the Economic and Business Research Center (EBRC) at the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management. Currently, he is collaborating with EBRC staff on a community dashboard project to measure economic competitiveness and quality of life in Southern Arizona. The project will provide in-depth monitoring and analysis of a socio-economic indicators for the region. Alan also provides EBRC with support and expertise in the areas of economic impact analysis, GIS, cartography and spatial analysis.

Prior to joining the EBRC team, Alan’s research examined regional development through the social and economic impacts of tourism, visitor travel, and special events in Wisconsin. A number of these applied research projects were published as University of Wisconsin-Extension papers. He is also co-author and or assisted on several peer reviewed journal articles on topics ranging from tourism and recreation to second homeownership in amenity rich areas. In 2013, he co-authored a book chapter with UW-Madison’s Dave Marcouiller on tourism for the forthcoming volume Public economics: How the federal government analyzes and influences the economy, published by ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara. In the summer of 2012, also in collaboration with UW Extension educators and Country Thunder USA, he completed an economic impact analysis of the 2012 Country Thunder Music Festival in Twin Lakes, WI.

In January 2014, Alan completed a year-long research project measuring the economic impacts of silent sports in Northern Wisconsin.  This project was a team effort with UW-Madison-Extension and other professionals statewide. The report gathered in-depth primary data on northern Wisconsin; findings were published in the Up-North Explorer and continue to inform policy and marketing decisions.

In addition to his research in community development, Alan was also a transportation planner for the New Mexico Department of Transportation guiding public and nonprofit agencies through the complexities of federal aid planning and programming. He provided technical assistance for new and existing federal grants and project development for formula and discretionary awards. He also provided GIS support and managed Scenic Byways—a federal program to finance transportation related tourism.

Alan earned his B.A. at the University of Arizona. He also holds degrees from Boston University (M.T.S. ’10) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (M.S. ’13).