Michigan Forecasting Specialist at University of Michigan
Michael McWilliams is the Michigan Forecasting Specialist at the Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics (RSQE) at the University of Michigan. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan, and he has also received an M.Sc. in economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. At RSQE, Michael assists with forecasts of the Michigan economy and leads the development of state tax revenue projections. He also participates in RSQE’s local economic forecasts for Oakland County, MI and Washtenaw County, MI. In 2018, Michael coauthored an RSQE report on the economic impacts of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) for the eight Great Lakes states. He is also a main contributor to RSQE’s ongoing partnership with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to provide economic impact assessments of development proposals under the state’s Transformational Brownfield Plan program.
Michael’s personal research focuses on a range of topics in environmental and natural resource economics, including land use change and its causes and environmental consequences, regulation of light-duty vehicles, and the impact of the ethanol mandates. His work has been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and Energy Policy. Prior to joining RSQE, Michael worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Transportation and Air Quality.