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Dr. Christopher Thornberg is one of California’s leading economists and Founding Partner of Beacon Economics, LLC. He holds a Ph.D in Business Economics from The Anderson School at UCLA and a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is widely quoted in the media, including The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune. He has appeared on NBC’s The Today Show, ABC’s Nightline, CNN, FOX News Channel and NPR.
At UCLA, Dr. Thornberg was an economist with the Anderson Forecast, where he regularly authored economic outlooks for California, Los Angeles and the East Bay. He went on to teach in the MBA program at UC San Diego’s Rady School of Business and at Thammasat University in Bangkok. He has also held a faculty position in the economics department at Clemson University.
Dr. Thornberg has served on the advisory board of Wall Street hedge fund Paulson & Co. since 2006. He was one of the earliest and most accurate predictors of the subprime mortgage market crash in 2007, and the global recession that followed. From 2008 to 2012 he served as chief economic advisor to the California State Controller’s Office and as Chair of State Controller John Chiang’s Council of Economic Advisors. He has been involved in a number of special studies measuring the effects of important events on the economy, such as the NAFTA treaty, California electricity crisis, port security, California’s water transfer programs and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Currently, Dr. Thornberg serves on the Residential Real Estate Committee at the University of San Diego’s Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate and the National Association of Business Economists’ quarterly outlook panel. He contributes to the consensus outlook of the Journal of Business Forecasting an serves on the boards of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, the Central City Association, the Asian Real Estate Association of America and America’s Edge, a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the economy through investments in youth and education.
Christopher Thornberg Ph.D. founded Beacon Economics LLC in 2006. Under his leadership the firm has become one of the most respected research organizations in California serving public and private sector clients across the United States. Dr. Thornberg also served as Director of the UC Riverside School of Business Center for Economic Forecasting and Development and was an Adjunct Professor at the School from 2015-2023.
An expert in economic and revenue forecasting, regional economics, economic policy, and labor and real estate markets, Dr. Thornberg has consulted for private industry, cities, counties, and public agencies in Los Angeles, San Francisco and the Bay Area, San Diego, the Inland Empire, New York, Seattle, Orange County, Sacramento, Arizona, Nevada, and other geographies across the nation. He has also worked on Wall Street, advising hedge fund manager Paulson & Co. about macroeconomic issues.
Recent notable projects include housing and rent control studies for the California Apartment Association; research supporting the strategic allocation of American Rescue Plan Act funds for the County of San Joaquin; an analysis and forecast of the socioeconomic factors that affect traffic growth and demand along a major interstate in Southern California; research on affordable housing in Los Angeles for a major law firm; quarterly regional economic outlooks for the East Bay Economic Development Alliance; a recession recovery plan for the City and County of San Francisco; an annual economic assessment of LA’s city council districts for the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce; an economic and revenue forecast for the City of San Luis Obispo; an analysis of the local technology industry for the Santa Cruz County Workforce Development Board; and an economic impact study for the 2024 Los Angeles Olympic Games Committee.
Dr. Thornberg became nationally known for forecasting the subprime mortgage market crash that began in 2007 and was one of the few economists on record to predict the global economic recession that followed.
Well known for his ability to capture and hold audiences, Dr. Thornberg has presented to hundreds of leading business, government, and nonprofit organizations across the globe including Chevron, The New Yorker, Colliers International, Western Alliance Bank, the California Chamber of Commerce, City National Bank, the National Confectioner’s Association, the California State Association of Counties, State Farm Insurance, the City of Los Angeles, the California and Nevada Credit Union League, and the National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, among many others. He has testified before the U.S. Congress House Committee on Financial Services on municipal debt issues, before the California State Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation regarding rule changes related to Proposition 13, and before the Los Angeles City Council about proposed changes to local minimum wage laws.
Dr. Thornberg is a contributor to consensus economic forecasts published by the Wall Street Journal, Reuters, the National Association of Business Economists, and the Seidman Research Institute at Arizona State University. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, is an Executive Member of the Central City Association (Los Angeles), and is a member of the California Association for Local Economic Development.
Prior to launching Beacon Economics, Dr. Thornberg was a senior economist with UCLA’s Anderson Forecast. He previously taught in the MBA program at UCLA’s Anderson School, in the Rady School of Business at UC San Diego, and at Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand. He has also held a faculty position in the economics department at Clemson University.
A well-known media commentator, Dr. Thornberg has appeared on all the major networks, CNN, NPR, and is regularly quoted in major national dailies including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Los Angeles Times.
Originally from upstate New York, Dr. Thornberg holds a Ph.D. in Business Economics from The Anderson School at UCLA, and a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
In this presentation at East Bay EDA, Dr. Thornberg says that he is “optimistic” about what he sees as “good news” about the current state of the economy, despite disturbing headlines in the newspapers. He states that the economy “really is moving forward,” quoting stats about unemployment, consumer spending and real estate.
He then adds that no, everything is not “fine,” and mentions some less optimistic statistics about real estate, fiscal stimulus policies, debt ceilings and federal spending. He states that the “biggest short term risk” is politics. He goes on to discuss reforms that need to be made by the federal government to help the U.S. economy slowly recover over the next few decades.
In his programs, Dr. Thornberg presents a comprehensive forecast for the U.S. economy over the near and long-term future and discusses the state of the current economic recovery. He focuses on the leading risks facing the economy, including the ideologically-driven political dysfunction in Washington, D.C., the Federal deficit and the slowing international economy. His audiences gain insight into the direction of key economic indicators, such as commercial and residential real estate markets, unemployment, consumer spending, bankruptcies, business activity, personal income, international trade and GDP growth.
Beacon Economics' Founding Partner Dr. Christopher Thornberg will present a comprehensive forecast for the U.S. economy over the near and long-term future. He will discuss the state of the current economic recovery and attendees will gain insight into the direction of key economic indicators such as commercial and residential real estate markets, employment/unemployment, consumer spending, bankruptcies, business activity, personal income, international trade, and GDP growth.
The presentation will also include a focus on the leading risks facing the economy including the ideologically-driven political dysfunction in Washington DC, the Federal deficit, and the slowing international economy.
Hilary Paul McGuire
February 9, 2020
Chris was speaking to a packed room of about 100 people for some govt agency in San Diego. He obviously know his subject and spits it out like from a machine gun, but as a math teacher from Jr Hi thru Jr Clg for 40 years, I suggest that rather than snow us with 1000 facts, he might have done better by focusing on 2 dozen and making thoughtful conclusions therefrom, followed by dispersal of a single sheet of practical steps that citizens could take to improve each of the 24 issues. If, as he seemed to suggest, recalling Gov Newsom is a 1st step, then Chris has 23 other items to propose. One per county would allow only for focus on a few of the counties which might be receptive to or most likely to moving in that direction. I rate this talk with 4 of 10 stars.
Speaker rating 10/10
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