Curriculum Vitae

  • Senior Research Economist, Bureau of Economic and Business Research, Bureau of Economic & Business Research, University of Utah
  • Adjunct Professor, City & Metropolitan Planning, University of Utah
  • Adjunct Professor, Geography Department, University of Utah



  • Bachelor of Science, BS, University Of Tulsa
  • Doctor of Philosophy, PH D, University Of Utah

Honors & Awards

  • Outstanding Achievement Award. YWCA of Salt Lake City, 09/27/2013
  • Professor of the Year. College of Architecture & Planning, 05/04/2011
  • Award of Excellence in Publications, for The Structure and Economic Impact of Utah’s Coal Industry, with Michael Hogue and John C. Downen. Association of Business and Economic Research , 10/01/2010
  • Individual Achievement Award, for “outstanding research on the changing demographics of our state”. Utah Population and Environment Coalition, 05/10/2005
  • Award of Excellence in Publications, for The Economic, Demographic and Fiscal Impacts of Closing Hill Air force Base with Jan Crispin-Little. Association of Business and Economic Research , 10/01/2004


Pamela Perlich, Ph.D. is a Senior Research Economist in the Bureau of Economic and Business Research at the University of Utah, where she serves as director of the Utah Community Data Project. Prior to joining BEBR, she worked in the Utah Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget, concentrating on long run economic and demographic projections. She has researched, published, and taught on a wide range of topics over the course of her career. Although trained as an economist, she applies a multidisciplinary approach to develop data, modeling, and analysis that identifies ongoing demographic, economic and cultural transformations. The focus of her work is to illuminate these trends and the associated implications for the future, especially as they impact Utah. She is highly effective in communicating these ideas to a broad nontechnical audience, including ordinary residents as well as community leaders. She has received awards for teaching, publication, and public service. Her work in the community includes frequent speaking engagements for civic, education, governmental, corporate, and professional organizations. She often serves as a resource to the press, providing the Utah context for broader events. Pamela serves on numerous boards and commissions. Her most recent endeavor is the establishment of the UCDP, which will provide frequently updated neighborhood portraits that highlight the great diversity in our communities and how these change over time.


Recent publications include:

·        Community Data for Policy, Planning, and Community Investment: Salt Lake CIty Case Studies (with Darius Li)

·        Salt Lake City Census 2010 Atlas (with John C. Downen)

·        Census 2010: A First Look at Utah Results (with John C. Downen)

·        Salt Lake City: Census 2000 Atlas (with John C. Downen)

·        The Structure and Economic Impact of Utah’s Coal Industry, with Michael T. Hogue and John C. Downen

·        Utah’s Demographic Transformation: A View Into the Future

·        Kennecott Utah Copper Corporation: Economic Impact on Utah - 2007 and Beyond

·        Salt Lake County's Unique Demographics: Implications for the Aging Populations

·        Utah's Place in the Macro-Demographics of the U.S. in the 20th Century

·        Long Term Demographic Trends Impacting Higher Education in Utah

·        Immigrants Transform Utah: Entering a New Era of Diversity

·        Commuting Patterns in Utah: County Trends for 1980, 1990, and 2000

·        Economic, Demographic, and Fiscal Impacts of Closing Hill Air Force Base: A Statewide and Regional Analysis (with Jan Crispin)

·        The Coming Boom in Utah's School Age and College Age Populations: State and County Scenarios (with T. Ross Reeve)

·        Utah Minorities: The Story Told by 150 Years of Census Data

Pamela is a member of the Utah Population Estimates Committee, and is the University's primary contact with the Bureau of the Census through the State Data Center program. She serves as Chair of the Board for the Utah Council for Economic Education and is a member of the Envision Utah Steering Committee. She serves on Governor Herbert’s Education Excellence Commission as well as his Women’s College Task Force. She is also on the Advisory Board of Zions Bank Women’s Financial Group. At the University she is a faculty in the Graduate Certificate in Demography and a member of the Center on Aging. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Utah and B.S. in Economics and Business from the University of Tulsa.  Her hometown is Tulsa, Oklahoma and she relocated to Utah in 1986.

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