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Biographical Profile - George A. Fulton

George A. Fulton received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan. He is a research professor at the University of Michigan's Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations, where he is director of labor market research and also a member of the Institute's executive board. In addition, he holds an appointment as research professor in the Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics, Department of Economics. He is a member of the Research Council chaired by the University's vice president for research, and he is a participant in the provost's Forecasting Group. He is on two committees associated with the University president's Child Care Initiative: the steering committee and the research advisory group (chair). He is also a member of a committee assessing University-private sector innovation-based local economic development initiatives. He is currently on the editorial board of the State and Local Government Review.

Dr. Fulton is a specialist in economic forecasting and regional economic development, working for twenty-five years with state and local government agencies in Michigan on evaluating economic strategies. During that same time, he has been forecasting labor market activity annually for the metropolitan areas of southeastern Michigan. He is also director of a project which, every three years, generates long-term economic and demographic projections for each of Michigan's eighty-three counties. Twice a year he provides testimony to the State legislature and administration on Michigan's fiscal and economic prospects, to help determine the resources available for future spending. He has been involved in policy research for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the U.S. Department of Commerce. His research has also explored the regional economic effects of national policies, particularly those directed at the automotive, trucking, and tobacco industries. His current research includes an analysis of Michigan's five-year transportation program-the economic benefits to the state, and the implications of alternative investment strategies.

He has written a book on the Michigan regional economies, A Regional Econometric Forecasting System: Major Economic Areas of Michigan, co-authored with Harold Shapiro (former president of both the University of Michigan and Princeton University). Most recently, he co-authored two chapters for Michigan at the Millennium (Michigan State University Press, 2003): the lead chapter, which is an overview of the Michigan economy; and another chapter on high technology. His research crosses disciplines, having been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Tobacco Control, Growth and Change, the Journal of Labor Research, and in diverse sponsored research reports on economic issues.  | 
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