Michael Havlin is a Hampden native who has spent the last six years studying and working in economics, and politics. Michael graduated in 2014 from the University of Southern Maine with a degree in Economics and Business Administration, and in 2016 with a Master’s in Public Policy and Administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Professionally, Michael has been a leader in the state on municipal minimum wage issues, has experience with economic impact analysis, and recently began working for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in Washington D.C.
EconoME will be about regional and local economics issues in the State, and the local importance of national economic developments. Michael enjoys taking new approaches to complex local and national problems and filtering them down into language for non-economist. Much of the EconoME blog will show how economic developments affect the average Mainer in a writing style geared for the average Mainer.
Some Bangor Daily News and Portland Press Herald readers may have already read some of Michael’s columns and op-eds. To get a sense of EconoME’s writing style and topics readers can read this column on the minimum wage. Or, if readers are more interested in how their tax dollars are being allocated, take a look at this column on municipal Tax Increment Financing.
EconoME’s first blog posts will be coming soon and will showcase the breadth of topics covered by the blog. Ideas for first posts include Public Banking: it worked in North Dakota, how could it work in Maine? Or, Low Wages in Maine: Skills Gap or Lack of Opportunities? Or, more at the national level, The Federal Reserve Needs to Get Creative: Why We Need Peoples’ Quantities Easing. If any of these are interesting, readers are encouraged to sign up for email updates or follow Michael on twitter @MichaelHavlin