Alan Clayton-Matthews

Associate Professor Emeritus of Economics and Public Policy, Northeastern University
Chapter Member: Boston SSN
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Alan Clayton-Matthews is a professor and director of quantitative methods in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University. He currently serves as co-editor of the Massachusetts Benchmarks, a joint publication of the University of Massachusetts and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston that presents timely information and analysis on Massachusetts' economy, as well as the Director of the New England Economic Project, a group of economists and managers from academia, business, and government who study and forecast the economy of New England. At the Dukakis Center, Clayton-Matthews spent his sabbatical leave working as chief designer of the Labor Market Assessment Tool (LMAT), and contributed as consultant on numerous projects. His expertise lies in labor market assessment, state and local finance, urban economic development, urban fiscal policy, and economic policy evaluation. 



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Quoted by Jim Kinney in "Massachusetts GDP Outpaced by National Growth; Shrinking Workforce Blamed," Mass Live, May 3, 2018.
Quoted by Mike (Mish) Shedlock in "Coincident Economic Indicators: History Suggests Recession is Close,", March 27, 2018.
Quoted by Katie Lannan in "Experts: Proceed with Caution as Trillions Shift under New Tax," The Lowell Sun, January 24, 2018.
Quoted by Shira Schoenberg in "Lawmakers Ask: What does Federal Tax Reform Mean for Massachusetts?," MassLive, January 23, 2018.
Opinion: "Millionaire Tax Will Put Massachusetts Back on Track," Alan Clayton-Matthews (with Mohamad Ali), Boston Globe, June 6, 2017.
Quoted by Fred Thys in "Continued Growth of Mass. Economy Depends on Immigration, Experts Say," WBUR, January 17, 2017.
Quoted by in "Mass. Economic Growth Was 3.7% in Q3," Lowell Sun, October 28, 2016.
Research discussed by Deirdre Fernandes, in "Economy Grew Faster in Mass. than in US for First Quarter," Boston Globe , April 28, 2016.
Quoted by Colin A. Young in "Family, Medical Leave Backers Say Mass. Out of Step," MassLive, October 27, 2015.
Quoted by Jordan Graham in "Boston Setting Pace for Pay: Wage Growth in First Quarter Best in US," Boston Herald, May 6, 2015.
Opinion: "Bluestone, Clayton-Matthews Answer Life Science Criticism," Alan Clayton-Matthews (with Barry Bluestone), CommonWealth Magazine , April 1, 2013.


"Description of the Albelda Clayton-Matthews/IWPR 2016 Paid Family and Medical Leave Simulator Model" (with Randy Albelda). Economics Faculty Publication Series 41 (2016).

Estimates the cost of a paid leave program was to, as much as possible, base estimates of program costs on actual known leave-taking behavior, and where this was not possible, to estimate a range of program costs reflecting a range of reasonable assumptions about unknown aspects of behavior in the presence of a paid leave program.

"Meeting the Commonwealth's Workforce Needs: Occupational Projections and Vocational Education," (with Barry Bluestone and Nancy Lee), Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban & Regional Policy, October 2015.

Includes data on projected net new jobs, replacement jobs, and total job openings through 2022 for the Commonwealth. Assesses how much of the expected growth in job openings by specific occupation can currently be filled by the state’s regional vocational high schools and vocational programs in the Commonwealth’s comprehensive high schools.

" State Economy Expands Robustly in Q2: Strong Job and Spending Growth Cause for Optimism, International Threats Remain," MassBenchmarks, July 30, 2015.

Reports that the Massachusetts payroll employment expanded at a 3.1 percent annual rate in the second quarter, nearly twice as fast as in the first quarter when employment grew at a 1.7 percent annualized rate. Argues that even though the state economy appears to be in the midst of a solid economic expansion that positions the Commonwealth for solid future growth, risks to the outlook remain. 

"Massachusetts Economy Weathers the Storm in Q1 2015: State Growth Slows Significantly but Economic Expansion Continues despite Record Snowfall," MassBenchmarks, April 29, 2015.

Estimates that in the fourth quarter of 2014, the state economy expanded at a 2.9 percent annualized rate while the nation grew at a more modest 2.2 percent rate. Explains that the record snowfall and weak global economic conditions dampened growth in the first quarter, but that the state economy has proven to be resilient in spite of these dual headwinds.

"State Economic Growth Moderates in Q3: Fundamentals Remain Strong Following Torrid Pace of Growth in Q2," MassBenchmarks, March 2015.

Reports that the Massachusetts real gross domestic product grew at an annual rate of 2.3 percent in the first quarter of 2016. Argues that the strong performance continues to mask troubling imbalances in the labor market.

"The Economic Impact of MSBA Investments on the Massachusetts Economy," (with Barry Bluestone), Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban & Regional Policy, June 2014.

Expands on the direct and indirect economic benefits that flow to the state and its workers as a result of large construction investments. Provides an assessment of the impact of MSBA spending on state gross domestic output, employment, income, and state tax revenue. Demonstrates that even relying on a conservative set of assumptions, the economic impact on the state is substantial.