Michael L. Lahr
expertise: regional science, applied microeconomics, regional economics, input-output analysis, economic impact analysis, urban economics, housing economics
MICHAEL L. LAHR,
Assistant Research Professor at the Center for Urban Policy Research (CUPR),
is a regional economist with a strong interest in policy analysis. Dr. Lahr
is Associate Director of CUPR's Rutgers Economic Advisory Service (R/ECON).
In 1996 he was a member of the team that crafted The State of the Nations
Cities: America's Changing Urban Life, a report and database on urban indicators
that won an award at the United Nations Habitat II conference in Istanbul in
As part of R/ECON
team, Dr. Lahr primarily works on special projects associated with measuring
the economic impacts of events, operations, and construction projects. In one
recent project (TELUS), he used a multiregional input-output model of northern
New Jersey to estimate the economic impacts of transportation construction expenditures.
In another he estimated the annual economic impacts of historic preservation
on the New Jersey economy through construction activity, heritage tourism, and
the expenditures of historic sites. Another of Lahr's research efforts measured
the economic impact of the recoding of groundwater in Newark's Ironbound district
from potable to nonpotable. Most of Dr. Lahr's published work relates to improving
the accuracy of regional input-output models.
In other recent work, Dr.
Lahr co-authored an article on welfare program participation rates by metropolitan
area. He also developed a quality-of-life index based on economic theory. In
related work, he measured urban stress using a factor analytic approach. He
also developed indices of the relative cost of doing business and of the cost
of living across U.S. metropolitan areas. He also evaluated the extent touch
the economy of New York City drives the economic growth of its suburbs, and
how the City's role as driver has changed.
Prior to Dr. Lahr's arrival
at CUPR, he served as Assistant Editor of the Journal of Regional Science
and analyzed rural economies at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic
Research Service. He taught urban studies and public economics courses at Bryn
Mawr College and the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Lahr has modeled economies
for two regional economic consulting organizations. Prior to obtaining his Ph.D.,
Lahr worked at Battelle Memorial Institute, where he guided the development
of technology-based strategic plans for Fortune 500 firms and estimated the
markets for emerging products.