Michael L. Lahr is the Director of Rutgers Economic Advisory Service (R/ECON™). As Research Professor of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University, he holds a Ph.D. in Regional Science from the University of Pennsylvania. At the Edward J. Bloustein School Dr. Lahr teaches a course on Urban Economy and Spatial Patterns to masters degree students in planning and occasionally teaches an advanced course on applied statistical methods and economic modeling that is designed for PhD students. Since 1995, Dr. Lahr has supervised R/ECON™ research on a broad array of public policy issues in the fields of housing, economic development, program evaluation, and fiscal and economic impact analysis. He has published over 50 articles in journals and edited volumes on economic modeling techniques; development economics; the economics of various planning and fiscal issues; the economic impacts of catastrophes; and the mobility of poor families. In addition to being advisory Editor of The Review of Regional Studies, Lahr sits on the editorial board of Papers in Regional Science. He has co-edited three books and two journal special issues. He is presently Vice President of the International Input-Output Association and Treasurer of the Benjamin H. Stevens Graduate Fellowship of the North American Regional Science Council. Lahr also has been Chair of the North American Regional Council and President of the Southern Regional Science Association and sat on the Editoria Boards of the Journal of Regional Science and Economic Systems Research. He has co-organized four International Input-Output Conferences (Macerata, Italy; Alexandria, Virginia; Mexico City, Mexico; Atlantic City, New Jersey) and two North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association International (San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Brooklyn, New York).