Inland Empire Center for Economics and Public Policy
The mission of the Inland Empire Center for Economics and Public Policy (IEC) at Claremont McKenna College is to provide Inland Empire leaders with expert analysis of the region’s unique political and economic landscape.
The IEC was founded in 2010 as a collaborative effort by the Rose Institute of State and Local Government and the Lowe Institute for Political Economy, both based at Claremont McKenna College. While the Inland Empire is one of California’s fast growing areas, there was little political and economic analysis specific to the region. Recognizing this void and the increasing importance of the area to California’s economy, the two research institutes saw the need for an organization that could deliver analysis on current issues impacting the Inland Empire.
The Rose Institute and the Lowe Institute were uniquely positioned to create the IEC because their staffs both specialized in political and economic analysis and were familiar with the Inland Empire. The IEC brings together experts from both founding institutions. Marc Weidenmier, Ph.D., director of the Lowe Institute, is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Economic History. Andrew Busch, Ph.D., director of the Rose Institute, is an expert in American government and politics. Manfred Keil, Ph.D., an expert in comparative economics, has extensive knowledge on economic conditions in the Inland Empire. Kenneth P. Miller, J.D., Ph.D., is an expert in California politics and policy who studies political developments in the Inland Empire.
The primary ways that the IEC presents its analysis is through publications and conferences. The Inland Empire Outlook, which provides analysis on the Inland Empire’s political and economic developments, is the IEC’s predominant recurring publication. Its inaugural issue was published in Winter 2010. Besides publications, the IEC also hosts conferences throughout the Inland Empire. The conferences bring together panels of experts and business and political leaders in the Inland Empire to address current topics affecting the region. The annual economic forecast conference held at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario is in cooperation with the UCLA Anderson Forecast.