Pam Perlich

Senior Research Economist

Pamela Perlich, Ph.D. works as a Senior Research Economist in the Bureau of Economic and Business Research at the University of Utah, joining BEBR in 2000. Before joining the BEBR, she worked for seven years in the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget concentrating on long-term economic and demographic projections. In addition, she is Professor Adjunct in the Department of City & Metropolitan Planning, College of Architecture + Planning. She has taught in the program since 1998. Current teaching responsibilities include URBPL / REDEV 6010: Urban Research and URBPL / REDEV 6020: Urban and Regional Analysis. Pamela specializes in Utah demographics, applied regional economic studies, and economic and demographic modeling.

Recent publications include:

The Structure and Economic Impact of Utah’s Coal Industry, with Michael T. Hogue and John C. Downen
Utah’s Demographic Transformation: A View Into the Future
Kennecott Utah Copper Corporation: Economic Impact on Utah – 2007 and Beyond
Salt Lake County’s Unique Demographics: Implications for the Aging Populations
Utah’s Place in the Macro-Demographics of the U.S. in the 20th Century
Long Term Demographic Trends Impacting Higher Education in Utah
Immigrants Transform Utah: Entering a New Era of Diversity
Commuting Patterns in Utah: County Trends for 1980, 1990, and 2000
Economic, Demographic, and Fiscal Impacts of Closing Hill Air Force Base: A Statewide and Regional Analysis (with Jan Crispin)
The Coming Boom in Utah’s School Age and College Age Populations: State and County Scenarios (with T. Ross Reeve)
Utah Minorities: The Story Told by 150 Years of Census Data
Pamela is a member of the Utah Population Estimates Committee, and is the University’s primary contact with the Bureau of the Census through the State Data Center program. She serves as Chair of the Board for the Utah Council for Economic Education and is a member of the Envision Utah Steering Committee. At the University she is a faculty in the Graduate Certificate in Demography and a member of the Center on Aging. She is also currently serving on Governor Herbert’s Education Excellence Commission. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Utah and B.S. in Economics and Business from the University of Tulsa. Her hometown is Tulsa, Oklahoma and she relocated to Utah in 1986.