Alberta Charney

Senior Research Economist

Areas of Expertise

  • Tax analysis
  • Economic impact analysis
  • Population estimation and projections
  • Regional economic forecasting
  • Econometric model building


As an Economic and Business Research Center faculty member, Alberta Charney's research focus is on the economy of Arizona. She received her double-major B.A. in economics and mathematics from Carnegie-Mellon University and her master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in economics.

Dr. Charney has been at the University of Arizona since 1977 where she is considered an expert on tax analysis, econometric model building, regional economic forecasting and impact analysis. She has built numerous revenue and economic forecasting models for Arizona and its sub-state areas. She has received funding for these projects from the Arizona Joint Legislative Budget Committee, the Arizona Department of Transportation, the City of Tucson, Pima County, Tucson Economic Development Corporation, the Chamber of Commerce and the National Science Foundation. She has also received funding for studies on tax policy, population estimation/projection methods, and impact studies from the Arizona Department of Economic Security, the Tucson Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Maricopa Council of Governments, the City of Tucson, the Arizona Legislature, the Arizona Joint Select Committee on Revenues and Expenditures, the University Medical Center, the Arizona Department of Commerce, the Governor's Strategic Partnership for Economic Development, Metropolitan Tucson Convention and Business Bureau, and the Governor's Arizona Science and Technology Council.

Her diverse academic publications dealing with transportation, taxation, econometric model building, forecasting accuracy, water issues, migration, manufacturing location and entrepreneurship have appeared in Land Economics, Journal of Regional Science, International Regional Science Review, Review of Public Data Use, Journal of Urban Economics, Logistics and Transportation Review, Quarterly Review of Economics and Business, Resources and Energy, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, the Western Tax Review, Regional Studies, State and Local Government Review, the International Journal of Entrepreneurship Education, and contributed book chapters.