Public policy professor named to statewide economic panel

Dr. Michael Goodman will serve on the Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) Board of Economic Advisors.

Dr. Michael Goodman, chair of the Department of Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, has accepted an invitation to serve on the Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) Board of Economic Advisors. 

Established in 1915, AIM is a nonprofit, nonpartisan employer association of 6,000 Bay State businesses and institutions. AIM's mission is to promote the well-being of its members and their employees and the prosperity of the Commonwealth by working to improve the economic climate of Massachusetts, proactively advocate for fair and equitable public policy, and to provide relevant and reliable services. 

A leading analyst of the Massachusetts and New England economy, Professor Goodman is a three- term past president of the New England Economic Partnership, a leading non-profit organization that authors semi-annual economic forecast of the economic outlook for each of the six New England states. He also serves as co-editor of MassBenchmarks, the journal of the Massachusetts economy published by the UMass Donahue Institute in collaboration with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.   

The AIM Board of Economic Advisors was established to interpret economic factors that may serve to impact the Commonwealth's economic prospects as they relate to the association's public policy agenda, and to identify other appropriate research projects. 

In addition, the board provides oversight for the monthly release of AIM's Business Confidence Index. Created in 1991, the Business Confidence Index is based on a survey of AIM member companies across Massachusetts, asking questions about current and prospective business conditions in the state and nation, as well as for their respective organizations.  The index's 100-popint scale measures the employer communities' assessment of business conditions.    

Commenting on Dr. Goodman joining the Board of Economic Advisors, Richard Lord, AIM's President & CEO said, "Professor Goodman's expertise in observing and analyzing the state's economy will help to ensure that  our monthly index remains an accurate economic indicator, and help us to identify areas of the economy that we should study more closely in the future." 

Dr. Goodman is co-editor of Massachusetts Benchmarks, the quarterly Massachusetts economic journal published by the University of Massachusetts in collaboration with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.


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