Nancy Mantel, Retired Director, Rutgers Economic Advisory Service

Nancy Mantell

Retired Director, Rutgers Economic Advisory Service (R/ECON)



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B.A., M.A., Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania

Nancy Mantell

Retired Director, Rutgers Economic Advisory Service (R/ECON)

Nancy H. Mantell, is the former director of the Bloustein School’s Rutgers Economic Advisory Service (R/ECON™), an economic forecasting service available to government and business subscribers. As Director of R/ECON™, Dr. Mantell developed a set of economic forecasting models for the State of New Jersey still in use today. The models are used to produce forecasts for the state and its subregions on a quarterly basis. At Rutgers, Dr. Mantell was also principal investigator on a number of studies dealing primarily with fiscal policy and economic impact issues in New Jersey and New York.

Dr. Mantell has also been associated with WEFA, Inc. and Urbanomics. During her tenure at WEFA, she built models of New York State, New York City, and New Jersey for short-term forecasting of the economy and tax revenues. She also worked with WEFA’s large-scale model of the New York region in doing simulations to evaluate the economic consequences of several large projects in New York.

In association with Urbanomics, Dr. Mantell worked on a variety of projects dealing with regional economic development. These included the development of employment and demographic projections for New York City; Orange County, New York; various counties in New Jersey; Fulton County, Georgia; and the 31-county New York-New Jersey-Connecticut metropolitan area. Most recently, she developed a model and forecasts of bridge and tunnel traffic and revenues for the New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority to use in its evaluation of E-Z Pass, and a cost-benefit analysis of New Jersey’s Urban Enterprise Zone.

Dr. Mantell was educated at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her B.A. in economics in 1966 and her M.A. and Ph.D. in business and applied economics in 1969 and 1973, respectively.