Philip Romero

Co-editor of the Economics Collection

Philip Romero is an economist, policy analyst, and applied mathematician. Romero has been Professor of Business Administration at the University of Oregon’s Lundquist College of Business since the summer of 1999, where he holds the Miller chair. From 2008 to 2010 he was dean of the Cal State LA business school. CSULA is one of the largest educators of first-generation college students in the U.S. From 1999-2004 he served as dean at the University of Oregon’s business school, where today he courses combining economics and corporate strategy.

In 1991 Romero was tapped by newly-elected Gov. Pete Wilson to become California’s chief economist. He served as troubleshooter on business and economic operations for Gov. Wilson until 1999. Romero was the author and lead implementer of key improvements in California’s business climate. These reforms transformed California’s recession-plagued economy in the mid-1990s: the state went from last in the nation in job growth to nearly twice the national average—from losing 1,000 jobs per day to gaining 1,000. He served Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in a similar role in 2005.

Dr. Romero earned a Ph.D. and M.A. in Policy Analysis (mixture of economics and applied mathematics) from the RAND Graduate School, and a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Cornell University. His public policy interests include the interactions between economics and demographics, international security, economic policy and government budgets, how governments compete for business investment and retention, on government’s role in creating conditions that nurture durable market advantage for resident businesses, and on introducing competitive forces into the delivery of public services. He has consulted on strategy issues to scores of major companies, as well as for the White House and for California, Illinois and Oregon governor’s offices, and has served on several boards. Romero is also a principal in Forward Observer and Third Century Solutions, respectively Sacramento- and Portland-based consulting firms which design and analyze public policy initiatives for business. His policy positions have prevailed in almost every election his clients have contested

A prolific author of opinion articles, his work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Los AngelesTimes, San Francisco Chronicle, Kansas City Star, Miami Herald, Sacramento Bee, Portland Oregonian, and many other dailies. He has been interviewed by virtually every major news outlet, including the Investor’s Business Daily, MarketWatch, the New York Times, the Economist, Business Week, Wall Street Journal, Associated Press and United Press International, as well as major television and radio networks including the BBC, PBS, CNBC, NPR, CBS Marketwatch, and Bloomberg. An accomplished speaker, he makes about 100 speeches per year. Click here to contact Dr. Romero.