Michael O'Donnell

Research Scientist

email: mo8684@unm.edu

Michael is a Research Scientist and has been with BBER since 2010.

Michael is responsible for managing BBER’s quarterly economic forecasting program. Using the forecasting model, Michael produces 5-year projections of key economic variables for the state of New Mexico and its sub-state regions. Projections are used by both public and private-sector clients for the purposes of budgeting and strategic decision-making.

In addition, Michael regularly engages in a wide variety of research projects related to tax policy analysis, regulatory analysis, demographic analysis, housing policy, and revenue forecasting. Michael also conducts water policy research and natural resource analysis and has published articles in scholarly journals and authored book chapters.

Before joining BBER, Michael was a graduate research assistant in the department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Arizona. His interdisciplinary research focused on the development of innovative water trading arrangements designed to improve water supply reliability in the arid western United States. Prior to his graduate studies, Michael attended the University of Arizona School of Law and is a member of the Arizona State Bar.

In his free time, Michael enjoys hiking and being outdoors.