Managing Director, Research
Perry Wong is managing director of research at the Milken Institute. He is an expert on regional economics, development and econometric forecasting. He designs, manages and performs research on labor and workforce issues, the relationship between technology and economic development, and trade and industry, with a focus on policy development and implementation in both leading and disadvantaged regions. Wong is involved in projects aimed at increasing access to technology and advancing regional economic development in California and nationwide. His work extends to the international arena, particularly Asia. Wong has researched the impact of U.S. budget and trade-policy changes on key American industries and regions, health-care reform and its implications for the federal budget and more. Prior to joining the Institute, Wong was a senior economist and director of regional forecasting at Global Insight Inc.
Michael C.Y. Lin
Michael C.Y. Lin is a research analyst at the Milken Institute. His current research focuses on human capital as well as community, urban, and regional planning and development. Prior to joining the Institute, Lin was a teaching associate at the University of Southern California (USC) in the areas of urban and regional economics, informal housing, policy and program evaluation, and quantitative methods and analysis. Lin's articles have been published in such academic journals as the Annals of Regional Science, and he has published two book chapters about community planning and shrinking cities. He was also involved in writing several policy reports on green buildings, sustainable community development, and informal housing. His current working papers explore the relationship between talented individuals and urban development. He has also participated in peer reviews for academic journal articles. Lin holds a bachelor's degree in architecture and a master's degree in urban design, both from the National Taipei University of Technology in Taiwan, and a Ph.D. in policy, planning, and development with a specialization in urban economics from USC.
Research Analyst, Regional Economics
Joe Lee is a research analyst with the Milken Institute on the regional economics team. He specializes in labor economics with a focus in human capital and economic development. Before joining the Institute, he was a lab instructor at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) for their Department of Economics and was a part of Amazon's supply chain execution team in Seattle, WA. Joe received his MA in economics from CSULB and graduated from The Evergreen State College with a dual major in economics and finance, minoring in mathematics.