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Lee McPheters, PhD

Director, JPMorgan Chase Economic Outlook Center; Research Professor of Economics; W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University

Lee McPheters is Research Professor of Economics in the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University and Director of the school’s JPMorgan Chase Economic Outlook Center. The Center specializes in economic forecasts for the nation, Arizona, and the Western states.

His writings on the economy have been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Economist, Business Week, and The New York Times, and he has appeared nationally on Good Morning America, CNN, Fox News, and Marketplace on NPR, commenting on the economic outlook. During the political campaign season, his “Job Growth USA” web site is often used by fact checking organizations (including PolitiFact) to verify claims about job creation made by candidates.
Dr. McPheters has published numerous articles in books and professional journals including the Review of Economics and Statistics, Land Economics, the National Tax Journal, and Journal of Long Range Planning.
As Director of the Economic Outlook Center, Dr. McPheters has delivered a cumulative total of more than 500 speeches and presentations to various public and private audiences at business and academic conferences in Arizona and across the nation.

He is a member of the National Association of Business Economics, the American Economic Association, the Western Economic Association, the Western Regional Science Association, and is past president of the Arizona Economic Roundtable.

Dr. McPheters completed his undergraduate studies at San Francisco State University and received his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech. He has been at ASU since 1976, teaching courses at the undergraduate and graduate level in regional economics. In addition, has held various administrative positions at ASU including Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Programs (Masters, MBA, and PhD) in the W. P. Carey School of Business from 1991 – 2008.

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