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Dorfman named state fiscal economist

On Aug. 12, Gov. Brian Kemp announced the appointment of long-time University of Georgia professor Jeff Dorfman as State Fiscal Economist. The State Fiscal Economist develops forecasts based on Georgia's tax revenue, works closely with bond rating agencies on revenue and economic trends, and manages the development of fiscal impact estimates on tax-related legislative proposals.

Dorfman is a nationally known economist, author and professor at the University of Georgia, where he has been since 1989. He teaches classes in the economics of the food industry, microeconomic theory, and macroeconomic theory and policy. His research on economic forecasting, food insecurity, productivity measurement, and the economics of growth and sprawl is often reported in industry, academic and news media. He has authored three books, most recently “Economics and Management of the Food Industry,” more than 90 academic journal articles, and a variety of other articles in various publications.

In 2013 Dorfman was elected as a fellow by the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association. He has testified before the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, the Georgia Legislature on several topics, and a USDA panel on farmland preservation. He served as editor of the American Journal of Agricultural Economics from 2009 to 2012. He has worked as a consultant to a variety of businesses, foundations, and local governments. He has served as a senior fellow at the Georgia Public Policy Foundation. He is married with one daughter and attends Alps Road Presbyterian Church where he serves as treasurer.