Michael L. Lahr, Ph.D.


Research Professor
Director, Rutgers Economic Advisory Service (R/ECON™)
Visiting Research Fellow; Institute for International Economics, Business, & Management; University of Groningen
B.A., M.A.., Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Research Interests
  • Economic development
  • Interindustry economics
  • Urban and regional economics/geography
  • Public finance
  • Labor markets

Michael L. Lahr is the Director of Rutgers Economic Advisory Service (R/ECON™). As Research Professor of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University, he holds a Ph.D. in Regional Science from the University of Pennsylvania. At the Edward J. Bloustein School Dr. Lahr teaches a course on Global Analytics and occasionally teaches an advanced course on applied statistical methods and economic modeling that is designed for PhD students. Since 1995, Dr. Lahr has supervised R/ECON™ research on a broad array of public policy issues in the fields of housing, economic development, program evaluation, and fiscal and economic impact analysis. He has published over 50 articles in journals and edited volumes on economic modeling techniques; development economics; and the economics of various planning and fiscal issues. In addition to being Editor of the journal Economic Systems Research, Lahr sits on the editorial board of Papers in Regional Science, Journal of Economic Structures, and the Brazilian Review of Regional Studies, He has co-edited four books and two journal special issues. He is presently Treasurer of the Benjamin H. Stevens Graduate Fellowship of the North American Regional Science Council. Lahr also has been Vice President of the International-Input Output Association, Chair of the North American Regional Council and President of the Southern Regional Science Association, and sat on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Regional Science and Economic Systems Research. He has received service awards from the North American Regional Science Association International and the Southern regional Science Association. He has also been proclaimed a Research Fellow of the Southern Regional Science Association.

Complete Curriculum Vitae (C.V.)

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Graduate Courses
  • Urban Economy & Spatial Patterns
  • Seminar Urban Planning
  • Urban Planning Studio
Undergraduate Courses
  • Research Methods

Recent Publications

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Articles in Refereed Journals

Chapters in Books

  • 2019: Lahr, Michael L. and João-Pedro Ferreira. “A Reconnaissance through the History of Shift-Share Analysis,” in Peter Batey (ed.) Handbook of Regional Science, Vol 1: History of Regional Science. Springer: New York (forthcoming).
  • 2018: Michael L. Lahr. “Regional Input-Output Analysis: An Appraisal of an Imperfect World,” in Josefina Callicó and López Evaristo Jaime González Robles (eds), Estudios Regionales: Un Enfoque de Insumo-Producto, University of Guadalajara: Guadalajara, Mexico, pp. 213–236.

Other Publications

  • 2019: (with Da Fei) Economic Impacts to New Jersey of the Middlesex Extension Project. Report to Texas Eastern Transmission Company. July 2019.
  • 2019: (with Will Irving) New Jersey Economic Forecast. A R/ECON Quarterly Report. July 2019.
  • 2019: (with Da Fei and Will Irving) State Economic Impacts of PSE&G’s Roseland-Pleasant Valley Project. Report to PSE&G. June 2019.
  • 2019: Horizon’s Contribution to the New Jersey Economy. Report to Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. May 2019.
  • 2019: (with Will Irving) A Slowdown Showdown: Government Employee Benefits to Take a Bite. A R/ECON Quarterly Report. March 2019.
  • 2019: (with Will Irving) Contribution of the Commercial Banking and Savings Institutions Sectors to the New Jersey Economy. Report to the New Jersey Bankers Association. February 2019.
  • 2018: Lahr, M. (with Will Irving and Ray Caprio) Review of Grow New Jersey and Economic Redevelopment and Growth Programs. A report for the New Jersey Economic Development Authority. June.
  • 2018: Lahr, M. (with Will Irving) Economic Impacts of a New Jersey Off-shore Wind Farm. A report for Gabel Associates. June.
  • 2018: Lahr, M. (with Emilia Piziak) Review of the Pinelands Commission’s Long-term Economic Monitoring Program. A report for the New Jersey Pinelands Commission. May.
  • 2018: Listokin, D. Tourism, Heritage Tourism, and Enhancing Knowledge of Route 66 Tourism. With Michael Lahr. Study for the National Park Service.
  • 2018: Listokin, D. Report on the Economic Impacts of the Federal Historic Tax Credit. With Michael Lahr. Research conducted for the National Park Service.
  • 2016: (with Maia de la Calle, Will Irving, Nancy Mantell, Guadalupe Gutierrez Escribano, Maria Luz Laham, Tianyi Li, Wendy Liu, and Patrick, Salemme) Union County: Baselines for the Future. A report for Union County. May 2016.
  • 2016: (with Maia de la Calle and Will Irving) Contribution of the Life Sciences Industry to the New Jersey Economy. Report to BioNJ. April 2016.
  • 2015: (with Guadalupe Gutiérrez Escribano, Jay Dahr, and Maria Luz Laham) The Potential Economic Impacts on New Jersey of an Extension to Secaucus of MTA’s #7 Line. A report for the Meadowlands Chamber of Commerce. July 2015.
  • 2015: (with David Listokin, Maia de la Calla, and others) Economic Impact of Historic Preservation in Texas: Update 2015. Report to the Texas Historical Commission, June 2015.
  • 2015: (with Nancy Mantell) The Economic Impacts of the Southern Reliability Link. Report to New Jersey Natural Gas. May 2015.
  • 2015: (with Joseph Seneca and Will Irving) Impacts of CarePoint Health Operating and Capital Expenditures on the Economy of Hudson County and the State of New Jersey. Report for CarePoint Health. February 2015.

Areas of Expertise: Computer Simulation ModelingEconomicsInformaticsRegional Development