Bill Watkins, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the CLU Center for Economic Research and Forecasting and an associate professor of economics. Bill joined CLU in June 2009.
Watkins has been widely published in academic journals, traditional media and new media. He is quoted regularly by news organizations throughout the world on the issues of demographic trends, economic development, workforce issues, equity, and California economics.
Prior to coming to CLU, Watkins served as the Executive Director of the University of California, Santa Barbara, Economic Forecast Project.
Previously, he served as an economist in the Monetary Affairs Division of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington, D.C.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration-finance from California State University, Northridge, and a master’s and doctorate in economics from UCSB.