Professional Staff

Clopper Almon

Clopper Almon is the founder of Inforum, which he began at the University of Maryland soon after leaving Harvard in 1966. Dr. Almon has been a pioneer in developing macroeconomic and interindustry models, as well as software for econometric analysis and model building. His latest book, The Craft of Economic Modeling, teaches model building through hands-on experience with his econometric software package, called G7. Dr. Almon has pushed strongly through the years to make Inforum truly an international organization, forging links with other organizations in many countries who have become Inforum partners. He has designed and written a software package called Interdyme, which provides an object-oriented environment for the development of interindustry models. Clopper retired from full-time teaching in 2003 and now is Professor Emeritus in the Economics Department at the University of Maryland.

Jeffrey Werling

Jeff is Executive Director of Inforum. In addition to managing the day-to-day activity at Inforum, he serves as principal investigator for special projects applying Inforum modeling systems. He has completed recent studies on the economic implications of energy policy, immigration, exchange rate fluctuations, and port disruptions due to terrorist strikes. Jeff also teaches an undergraduate course in economic development. Previously, he held positions as an international and industry economist with the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), the Manufacturers Alliance (MAPI), and the WEFA Group (now Global Insight). Jeff received a PhD in economics from the University of Maryland in 1992.

Margaret McCarthy

Margaret first joined Inforum in 1970 as a Faculty Research Assistant in the Department of Economics at the University of Maryland. More recently, her principal responsibilities were in the operation, application, and maintenance of LIFT, Inforum's interindustry-macroeconomic model of the United States. Other work at Inforum included production and presentation of the group's economic outlook at conferences of subscribers. She worked frequently on research projects involving applications of input-output models and data. She also was been in charge of Inforum's production of updated input-output tables for the United States. Margaret led Inforum's assistance to the Chief Actuary of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. Margaret retired from full-time duties in 2007.

Douglas Nyhus

Doug develops and maintains the international interindustry models and the bilateral trade system linking countries into a world forecasting system. Doug performs many analyses with the international/bilateral trade system. He has supported impact analyses by U.S. government agencies for studies of the Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Indian economies. He has nearly 30 years of experience working with international models and data, and has been instrumental in developing the Inforum international network of researchers. Doug has a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.

Douglas Meade

Doug returned to Inforum in May, 2006, after serving 3 years as Deputy Chief of the Industry Division at the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). Before working for BEA, Doug contributed significantly to the development of the Lift, Iliad and DEPPS models for the U.S., and the Jidea model for Japan. He has served as principal investigator on a wide variety of projects for private sector and government clients. He has nearly 20 years of experience with economic modeling and data development, and has also held positions at Data Resources Inc. and the Bureau of Census. Doug received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.

Ronald Horst

Ron began work at Inforum in 2001 as a Research Assistant, and he joined the full-time staff after receiving his Ph.D. at the University of Maryland in 2006. His dissertation research provided theoretical and empirical economic models of the U.S. nuclear power industry. His work at Inforum includes maintenance and development of the Lift and Iliad models and the use of these and other models to develop forecasts of the U.S. economy. Regional work includes the design and construction of a model of the Spanish region of Andalucia and development and operation of the U.S. regional model. Other work includes regular participation in surveys of economic forecasters including Blue Chip Economic Indicators, Consensus Economics, and the National Association of Business Economics; compilation and prediction of industry data at highly disaggregated levels; software development, maintenance, and support of G7 and Interdyme, Inforum's proprietary statistical and modeling software packages; and maintenance of the Inforum website.

Jeffrey Lemieux

Jeff Lemieux is an economist specializing in health care, public finance, and, most recently, transportation and community economic development. He has been one of the nation's foremost cost estimators of Medicare and health reform programs, has written proposals for health coverage, Medicare reform, and balanced budgets, and created long-term projections of entitlement spending and federal budgets used by Congress and the policymaking community. He has testified before the House Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Finance Committee, and other committees in Congress on Medicare reform, tax-based proposals to expand access to health coverage, chronic care management, and other topics. Prior positions include research positions at the Medicare Office of the Actuary, the Congressional Budget Office, the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare, the Progressive Policy Institute, America's Health Insurance Plans, and CAQH. Jeff received an M.A. in economics from the University of Maryland and was an INFORUM research assistant, specializing in macro-economic modeling and finding bugs the original G modeling software for personal computers.

Troy Wittek

Troy graduated with a Criminal Justice degree from the University of Maryland in 2007. He completed a master's degree in Applied Information Technology from Towson University in 2012, specializing in database management. He joined Inforum in 2006 and became a full-time Research Assistant in 2009. Troy's responsibilities at Inforum include collecting and analyzing statistical data for use in policy analysis, business planning, and academic research. He has helped to write and edit reports for a variety of audiences in the academic, government, and private sectors. He works with the Department of Defense to project defense purchases and skilled labor requirements by industry and by region using Inforum economic models. Other projects include providing short-term forecasts for domestic industries and analyzing the impact of major soft drink bottler operations in Asia. Additional responsibilities include software testing, literature review, and website development.

Undergraduate Students

Peter Valenta

Peter is an undergraduate student at the University of Maryland, College Park. He will graduate in the fall of 2015 with a degree in economics. Peter joined the staff of Inforum as a Research Assistant in April of 2015. After graduation, he hopes to pursue a graduate degree in statistics or actuarial science.

Inforum Ph.D. Graduates

From its beginning in 1967, Inforum has worked with many scholars from the University of Maryland, other academic institutions from the U.S and abroad, and elsewhere. We list some of the University of Maryland graduate students who completed their dissertaions while working with us.

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