WHY: Noted economist; biannually issues economic forecasts, which are among the nation’s most accurate predictors of gross domestic product, with colleague Raymond Sfeir.


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Speaking out against any increase of state taxes to deal with the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic. His recent forecast suggests an optimistic and strong recovery for the state’s economy. OC LEADER BOARD, SEPT. 14: “If the Chapman forecast pans out, that will give Newsom and the Legislature some breathing room, perhaps even the wherewithal to help cities and counties encountering far greater financial duress than the state.”

2020 HOBBY: “Little time for bowl-making and chicken-tending. So my new ‘hobby’ is having fun learning how to teach statistics and econometrics virtually. I can only hope my students are having as much fun.”