McGeorge School of Law

Jeffrey Michael

Professor of Public Policy, Executive Director, Center for Business and Policy Research, Eberhardt School of Business
Jeffrey Michael
Phone: 916.340.6084

PhD, North Carolina State University
MS, the University of Maine
BA, Hamilton College


Jeffrey Michael is Executive Director of the Center for Business and Policy Research at the University of the Pacific in Sacramento and Stockton, CA. The Center is a jointly hosted by the Eberhardt School of Business and McGeorge School of Law and produces economic forecasts and applied business and public policy studies with a focus on the Northern California Megaregion.  The Center has active and recently completed reports on regional issues in workforce development, transportation and commuting, water resources with an emphasis on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, agriculture and housing. Jeff's areas of expertise include regional economic forecasting and environmental economics including work on the economic impacts of the Endangered Species Act, climate change, and regulation on land use, property values and employment growth. His research has received numerous grants, and been published in scholarly journals such as the Journal of Law and EconomicsSouthern Economic Journal, Energy Policy, and Ecological Economics. He makes frequent presentations to the regional business and government audiences, and has been cited over a thousand times in the local and national press including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times Magazine, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Newsweek, National Geographic, Washington Post, NPR, and PBS.

Jeff received the Carla Bard Environmental Education Award from the Bay Institute in 2018 for his work on complex economic issues surrounding California water use, the agricultural economy and environmental laws. 

Before coming to Pacific in 2008, he spent nine years as faculty, Associate Dean, and Director of the Center for Applied Business and Economic Research at Towson University in Maryland. Jeff received his PhD from North Carolina State University, M.S. from the University of Maine, and BA from Hamilton College.