Executive Vice President of Research and Chief Economist
Center for Automotive Research
Sean McAlinden, Ph.D., is the executive vice president of research, chief economist at the Center for Automotive Research, a not-for-profit institute in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Dr. McAlinden has also performed contract research for U.S. Departments of Commerce, Education and Labor, The Library of Congress, and numerous foundations, corporations, labor unions and state and local agencies. In addition, he has provided expert testimony to legislative bodies.
Dr. McAlinden completed a doctoral dissertation in economics at the University of Michigan in 1986. He then worked for four years at the Industrial Technology Institute in Ann Arbor as a manufacturing economist. In 1989, he moved to the University of Michigan’s Office for the Study of Automotive Transportation as an associate research scientist. In the fall of 2000, he moved with the Office for the Study of Automotive Transportation to help create the Center for Automotive Research.