There are three of us here at Sightlines Bulletin: Philippa Dunne and Doug Henwood, of The Liscio Report, and Mike Lipsman, who has broad experience in state finances and planning. Together we have decades of combined experience watching and analyzing macro-economic trends in the U.S. and overseas, with special expertise in the American labor market, consumption trends, international flows, and debt issues. Seasoned Federal Reserve watchers, we have an established record of accurately reading the interest-rate tea leaves.

Philippa has a broad background in research and writing, and has co-edited The Liscio Report, a respected newsletter covering macro-economic trends, since 2000. She is known for her independent analysis, and often appears on Reuters and other news stations offering her take on recent trends in the U.S. She speaks at industry conferences as well as colleges, and has taught at the college level. Philippa has a bachelor’s from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and a graduate degree from Wesleyan University.

In addition to co-editing The Liscio Report, Doug has been crunching statistics, and observing and writing about economic matters for the last 35 years. He appears regularly on television, has lectured around the country and abroad, and his commentary is picked up by the mainstream media, from The Asia Times to the Times of London. He is also the author of several books, including his social atlas of the U.S., The State of the U.S.A., and After the New Economy. Doug has a degree from Yale University, and completed course-work for a PhD in English at University of Virginia.

During 31 years with Iowa state government Mike managed the Tax Research Section of the Iowa Department of Revenue and served as a senior education and tax policy analyst for the Iowa General Assembly and as a transportation planner for the Iowa Department of Transportation. Currently, he is a partner in Strategic Economics Group that does economic, planning,  and public policy research for companies and organizations in the energy, higher education, housing, retail, and transportation sectors.   Mike has taught as adjunction faculty in the economics department of Drake and Iowa State Universities and in the transportation and logistics department at Iowa State University. He earned a B.A. degree from Grinnell College and both a Masters of Community and Regional Planning and a Doctorate in Economics from Iowa State University.