Edward Leamer

Distinguished Professor, GEM Area Chair, Chauncey J. Medberry Chair in Management, Director, UCLA Anderson Forecast

Phone: (310) 206-1452

Fax: (310) 825-4011


C507, Entrepreneurs Hall


Ed Leamer is Director of the UCLA Anderson Forecast, which provides quarterly economic projections for the nation and the state of California.  He is also Chief Economist of the Ceridian-UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index based on diesel fuel purchases at 7000 truckstops.

Dr. Leamer holds the Chauncey J. Medberry Chair in Management at UCLA Anderson, along with joint academic appointments in the departments of statistics and economics, where he served as chair from 1983 to 1987.

Dr. Leamer's research interests cover a broad set of topics in the analysis of non-experimental data, the economics of globalization and the art of forecasting.  Among his recent areas of interests are an episodic analysis of the United States business cycle, the impact of the Internet on economic geography, the effect of globalization on the U.S. economy and the potential impact of the FTAA on inequality in Latin America.  He has written research papers on the North American Free Trade Agreement, the dismantling of the Swedish welfare state, the economic integration of Eastern Europe with Western Europe and Taiwan with Mainland China.

On the faculty of Harvard until he joined UCLA's Economics department in 1975, Dr. Leamer came to UCLA Anderson in 1990.  He has published more than 100 articles and four books.  His research has been supported by continuous grants from the National Science Foundation, the Sloan Foundation and the Russell Sage Foundation. 

Dr. Leamer’s research papers in econometrics have been collected in Sturdy Econometrics and published in the Edward Elgar Series of Economists of the 20th Century.  His research in international economics and econometric methodology has been discussed in a chapter written by Herman Leonard and Keith Maskus in New Horizons in Economic Thought: Appraisals of Leading Economists.

Dr. Leamer is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Econometric Society, and was a visiting scholar at the International Monetary Fund and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.  He has served on the Council of Economic Advisors of both Governor Pete Wilson and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Dr. Leamer's most recent books are Macroeconomic Patterns and Stories which deals with the US business cycle, and The Craft of Economics.


Ph.D. Economics, 1970, University of Michigan
M.A. Statistics, 1970, University of Michigan
B.A. Mathematics, 1966, Princeton University


Asia-Pacific, Capital Markets, China, Consumer Price Index, Economic Forecasting, Emerging Markets, Employment, Europe, Exchange Rates, Federal Reserve, Global Economies, Inflation, Interest Rates, International Monetary Fund, Mexico, Monetary Policy, NAFTA, Poverty, Real Estate, U.S. Economy
  • Edward E. Leamer. (March 2007). A Flat World, A Level Playing Field, A Small World After All, or None of the Above? A Review of Thomas L. Friedman's The World is Flat. Journal of Economic Literature, [ Link ]
  • Edward E. Leamer, and Michael Storper. (2001). The Economic Geography of the Internet Age. Journal of International Business Studies, 32,4.
  • Edward E. Leamer. (December, 1999). Effort, Wages and the International Division of Labor. Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 107, Number 6, Part 1.

Working Papers

Edward E. Leamer. (September 2007).  "Housing is the Business Cycle."  [ Link ]

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