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New Top Economist at LAEDC

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Dr. Christine Cooper, Ph.D and Senior Vice President of LAEDC

LAEDC Announces New Top Economist

Dr. Christine Cooper to Focus LAEDC Research on the Building Blocks of Prosperity for the Broader LA Region

LOS ANGELES, CA – (February 26, 2016)  Today, the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) announced that Christine Cooper, Ph.D., who currently oversees the LAEDC Institute for Applied Economics, has been promoted to the LAEDC’s top economist job, where she will oversee all of the LAEDC’s economic research and applied analysis programs and activities by also taking the helm of the Kyser Center for Economic Research.

Dr. Cooper has generated authoritative research on the region’s leading industry clusters and labor force characteristics as well as providing influential research on economic policy including the effects of raising the minimum wage and the economic and fiscal impacts of  targeted industry incentives such as the California Film and Television Production Tax Credit Program.

Dr. Cooper has also led LAEDC’s Institute for Applied Economics for four years, and will now lead both teams of economists at the LAEDC, which include three Ph.D economists, along with several Master’s-level economists and research analysts with specialized skills and deep knowledge of trends and specific factors impacting the future of the Southern California economic region.

Under Dr. Cooper, the LAEDC will strengthen its role as a trusted source for the media and policymakers on the region’s economic drivers and conditions, as well as the region’s economic trajectory. The LAEDC will intensify its focus on prevailing demographic and macroeconomic forces and trends, including how these trends will impact the region. In addition, the LAEDC will continue to provide regional and sub-regional forecasts, along with detailed reports on industry clusters, trading partners and foreign direct investment.

“We are truly pleased to announce the promotion of Dr. Cooper, whose expert insights into our regional economic industry clusters and labor force, and the public policy that effects them both, have been guiding LAEDC’s initiatives and programs, helping LAEDC become invaluable to our public and private sector partners,” said Bill Allen, CEO of the LAEDC, “and at the same time we wish to acknowledge the many contributions made by Dr. Kleinhenz in his four years leading our Kyser Center and wish him well in his move to the for-profit private sector.”

Under Dr. Cooper’s direction, the LAEDC is preparing to release a series of industry reports that describe the composition, economic contribution and future of  Southern California’s industry clusters, including Aerospace, Trade and Logistics, and Construction.  This analysis advances the economic development priorities outlined in the new 2016-2020 L.A. County Strategic Plan for Economic Development. Industry cluster development strategies have long been championed by the LAEDC and are increasingly central to the LAEDC’s works to raise standards of living for all L.A. County residents by increasing economic opportunity and regional prosperity.


About the LAEDC

Established in 1981, the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) provides strategic economic development leadership to promote a globally competitive, prosperous and growing L.A. County economy to improve the health and wellbeing of our residents and communities and enable those residents to meet their basic human need for a job.  We achieve this through objective economic research and analysis, strategic assistance to government and business, and targeted public policy.  Our efforts are guided and supported by the expertise and counsel of our business, government and education members and partners. Since 1996, the LAEDC’s Business Assistance team has directly helped to retain or attract over 200,000 annual jobs in Los Angeles County. The LAEDC is a public-benefit, private, nonprofit organization established under section 501(c) (3).



LAEDC Media Contact:   Lawren Markle / 213-236-4847 / [email protected]


Alternate contact: Antoinette Caserta / 213-236-4862 / [email protected]

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