Governor Appoints UIC Economist to Council of Economic Advisors
Governor Rod R. Blagojevich has appointed CBA Professor of Economics Joseph Persky
to his Council of Economic Advisors. The governor created the council in 2003 to
provide research and guidance on state economic policy.
Persky, a faculty member at UIC since 1974, is well-known for his research on
distributional implications of urban and regional economic growth. Working closely with
numerous state and local municipalities, he has written extensively on the logic and
evaluation of their economic development efforts.
Persky received his PhD in economics from Harvard University in 1971. He taught at
Fisk University, the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Yale University. He was
a senior staff economist for the New York State Council of Economic Advisors.
His recent works include "Does Trickle Down Work? Economic Development Strategies
and Job Chains in Local Labor Markets"; "Suburban Sprawl: Private Decisions and
Public Policy"; and "When Corporations Leave Town: The Costs and Benefits of
Metropolitan Job Sprawl."
Persky joins three other members of the Governor's Council of Economic Advisors. They
are: Jim Annable, secretary for the Federal Advisory Council; Paula Wolff, senior
executive for Chicago Metropolis 2020; and John Rogers, chairman and CEO for Ariel