Eller Economic and Business Research Center Director Quoted in The Boston Globe and CBSNews

Nov. 2, 2020

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Arizona's Economy
George Hammond discusses the most recent economic forecast for Arizona and Tucson in this video

George Hammond, director of the Economic and Business Research Center in the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona, was quoted in an October 21 Boston Globe article and an October 29 CBSNews article about how Arizona's economic pain caused by the COVID-19 pandemic could help Vice President Biden "flip a red state blue."

The articles explain the economic downfall that certain swing states—one of which is Arizona—have seen since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and how this can cause a drastic change in this year's election due to some Arizonans and other citizens not being able to recover from this economic crisis as others have. 

“The people who work from home and have that kind of flexibility are doing OK, but for this big swath of people who rely on face-to-face activity, there is a still a lot of pain there," says Hammond. “We’re still more than 100,000 jobs below where we were a couple of months ago.”

Hammond directs the Economic and Business Research Center in the Eller College of Management. Hammond has designed, built and used economic models to produce forecasts for state and local economies and completed regional economic studies on topics including economic and workforce development and the impact of higher education on human capital accumulation. His academic research focuses on the determinants of local economic growth in the U.S. and the impact of state and local policies on economic growth.