Iowa State Economists Serve on Iowa Council of Economic Advisors

April 4th, 2007

AMES, Iowa - Two members of the Iowa State University Department of Economics have been named by Gov. Chet Culver to the Iowa Council of Economic Advisors.

Arne Hallam, economics professor and department chair, and Liesl Eathington, director of the Office of Social and Economic Trend Analysis (SETA), will participate April 4 in the council's first meeting under the Culver administration. The council advises the governor's office on economic trends and activities in Iowa, tracking such things as personal income, employment, agricultural manufacturing and population indicators.

The 13-member council is led by Charles Krogmeier, director of the Iowa Department of Management. Members represent Iowa business, agriculture and academics. Krogmeier said he recruited Eathington for the council because of her demographic research experience and Hallam because his agricultural economics research and perspective would be valuable. 

Hallam joined Iowa State's economics faculty in 1983 and was named department chair in 2000. He earned a bachelor's degree at Brigham Young University and a master's and doctorate at the University of California at Berkeley. His major research interests are production economics, market structure and natural resource economics.

Liesl Eathington holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master's in business administration from Iowa State. She was named SETA's director in February. The mission of SETA is to provide timely data and analysis that informs the economic development, community betterment and public policy needs of Iowa, and shares the information in an accessible manner with Iowans.

Besides advising on economic trends and activities, the council is charged with recommending policies to improve Iowa's economic well-being, improve the quality of economic information gathered by state officials, improve the way that information is assessed and suggest ways to improve the sharing of economic information across Iowa.

Today's Iowa Council of Economic Advisors can be traced to 1974 when Gov. Robert Ray created an advisory council to identify economic trends across Iowa and advise state officials.

Contacts: 

Arne Hallam, Economics, (515) 294-6741, ahallam@iastate.edu
Liesl Eathington, Economics, (515) 294-2954, leathing@iastate.edu
Susan Thompson, Communications Service, (515) 294-0705, sander@iastate.edu