Intel Chief Economist

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About Paul Thomas

Paul Thomas is chief economist and manager of market sizing and forecasting at Intel Corporation in Santa Clara, Calif. He joined Intel in December, 2004, after working at Continental Airlines in Houston, Texas, from 1997 to 2004 and as chief economist from 2001 to 2004. Paul was senior economist at Douglas Aircraft Company in Long Beach, Calif., from 1988 to 1997. Prior to that, he served on the economics faculties of Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Ill., and of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind.

Paul holds a Ph.D. in business economics from the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. He holds an M.S. in social science and a B.S. in biology from the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif. Paul was a National Science Foundation Fellow in Economics. He also served as a Research Fellow in Economics Studies at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.

Paul and his wife, Kim, who is also an economist, live in San Jose, Calif. Paul is a member of the National Business Economics Issue Council, the Conference of Business Economists, the Harvard Industrial Economics Group and the European Council of Economists. Paul has served on an AEA advisory committee for the US Census Bureau and on an NSF advisory committee for research on Census data. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Global Interdependence Center.

Paul has published papers on regulation of scientific research, on social choice and organizational theory, and on the airline industry. He has given recent presentations on the PC and semiconductor industries, the recession of 2008-2009, international trade, economic geography and the role of ICT in productivity growth. His current research interests include the PC industry, economic geography and economic growth.