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Center for Business and Policy Research
Eberhardt School of Business
Jeffrey Michael, PhD - Exec. Director
Thomas Pogue, PhD - Assoc. Dir.
Sacramento Office: 916.340.6084
Stockton Office: 209.946.2913

About Us

The Center for Business and Policy Research (CBPR) was founded in 2004 as the Business Forecasting Center. Since Dr. Jeffrey Michael became Director of the Business Forecasting Center in 2008, the Center has expanded its topical scope, staff, and expertise beyond economic forecasting, and the Center was renamed in 2015 to better reflect its work. 

Jeffrey Michael - Executive Director

Dr. Jeffrey Michael is Executive Director of the Center for Business and Policy Research in the Eberhardt School of Business and Professor of Public Policy in the McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific. The Center produces analysis and forecasts on a variety of current business and public policy issues impacting California and the Northern California Mega-region. Since joining Pacific in 2008, Jeff has been a principal investigator on $4 million in grant and contract funding from a variety of public, private, and non-profit sources to support the Center's applied research and community outreach programs.

Jeff's areas of expertise include regional economic forecasting and environmental economics including work on the economic impacts of the Endangered Species Act, climate change, and regulation on land use, property values, and employment growth. His research has received numerous grants and been published in scholarly journals such as the Journal of Law and Economics, Southern Economic Journal, Energy Policy, and Ecological Economics. He makes frequent presentations to the regional business and government audiences and has been cited over 1,000 times in the local and national press including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times Magazine, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Newsweek, National Geographic, Washington Post, NPR, and PBS.

Before coming to Pacific, Jeff spent nine years as faculty, Associate Dean, and Director of the Center for Applied Business and Economic Research at Towson University in Maryland. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from North Carolina State University, M.S. from the University of Maine, and B.A. from Hamilton College..

Jeffrey Michael, Ph.D.
916.340.6084 or 209.946.7385


Thomas Pogue - Associate Director

Thomas E. Pogue is an Associate Director of the Center for Business and Policy Research. Thomas received his B.A. and M.A. in Economics from the University of Nevada, Reno and his Ph.D. in the Economics of Technological Change from Maastricht University in the Netherlands. Prior to joining the Business Forecasting Center, he worked at several research institutes including the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Tshwane University's Institute for Economic Research on Innovation, the University of Cape Town's Development Policy Research Unit, and the University of Nevada's Center for Economic Development.

Thomas Pogue, Ph.D.



Victoria Chesley - Research Intern

Victoria Chesley is currently pursuing her Masters in Public Policy at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. Victoria was born and raised in Stockton, CA and received her B.A. in Political Science and Public Policy from the University of Redlands in Southern California. By working with the Center for Business and Policy Research, Victoria has been able to apply her studies to projects and research and gained invaluable knowledge about the surrounding economy. In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling and binge-watching Netflix shows.

Victoria Chesley


Kevan Rolfness - Graduate Research Intern

Kevan Rolfness is currently working on a Masters in Public Policy at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. He graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Political Science in 2012. Kevan calls the little desert town of Ridgecrest, California home. While at McGeorge, he hopes to improve his research and analytical skills. In his free time, he enjoys running, biking, and being sad about Cal football.

Kevan Rolfness