Matthew Fienup

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Matthew, Executive Director, is an economist at the California Lutheran University Center for Economic Research and Forecasting (CERF). He teaches courses in Econometrics and Environmental Economics in the Masters of Quantitative Economics program.

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Previously published on December 12, 2016 in the California Forecast publication. November 8 provided the biggest electoral surprise since Brexit, and as with Brexit, markets have reacted with whiplash. As Donald Trump’s poll numbers slowly climbed in the two weeks prior to the election, the S&P 500 experienced a nine day sell-off—longer than any experienced… Read more

Previously published on December 16, 2016 in the California Economic Forecast publication. The United Sates economy continues to grow at less than its potential. The 12-month moving average of job creation has been falling steadily since February 2015. In seven of the last eight quarters, investment growth has been negative or near zero. Productivity declined… Read more

Previously published on Friday, May 27th 2016 on pacbiztimes.com By Matthew Fienup As forecasts of torrential El Nino rains have given way to the hard reality of another year of drought on the Central Coast, calls to punish farmers or to seize farmers’ water are once again being voiced. Not only do these calls embody… Read more

Previously published on September 2, 2015 on Fox and Hounds As California weathers its fourth straight year of extreme drought, policy makers and their cheerleaders continue to scapegoat California’s agricultural industry. Writing in the Sacramento Bee, economist Christopher Thornberg, for example, refers to the industry as “feckless” and advocates using eminent domain to seize farmers’… Read more