Hammond Featured in KOLD

George Hammond

George Hammond, research professor and director of the Economic and Business Research Center (EBRC) in the Eller College of Management was featured in a February 3 KOLD news clip about the spike in job numbers across the United States and where Arizona stands.

“The U.S. is really now kind of accelerating out of the pandemic, so national growth looks a little bit faster as a result, whereas Arizona growth is now coming back to normal,” says Hammond. “The last couple of quarters, we have seen some of the fastest wage growth that we’ve seen on record.”

A specialist in econometric forecasting for more than two decades, Hammond has designed, built and used economic models to produce more than 100 forecasts for state and local economies and completed more than 50 regional economic studies on topics including economic and workforce development, energy forecasting and the impact of higher education on human capital accumulation. 

These forecasts and reports reach thousands of business leaders, policymakers and citizens each year through conferences, public presentations, publications, EBRC’s websites and social and traditional media. Hammond is a frequent contributor to local and national news services. His analysis and commentary have been featured on NBC Nightly News, The Wall Street JournalUSA TodayBloomberg Businessweek and The New York Times.

In addition to directing EBRC and spearheading EBRC’s Forecasting Project, Hammond is also a research professor with academic research interests focusing 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.