Ray Fair

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Ray Clarence Fair (born October 4, 1942 in Fresno, California) is the John M. Musser Professor of Economics at Yale University.

Fair received his B.A. from Fresno State College in 1964 and his Ph.D. from MIT in 1968. He spent several years at Princeton University before moving to Yale. He is now a professor within the Cowles Foundation and the International Center for Finance.

Fair's teaching and research interests include macroeconomic theory, econometrics, and macroeconometric modeling. He is the author, along with Karl Case of Wellesley College, of the economics textbook Principles of Economics. He has also authored several books pertaining to modeling, including Testing Macroeconometric Models(1994) and Estimating How the Macroeconomy Works (2004).

He is noted for his methods for predicting the outcome of presidential elections, and his record of success in doing so (a record respectable but blemished, as for example 1992).. (2000 was a special case). He has published on this subject, Predicting Presidential Elections and Other Things (2002).

Ray Fair maintains a macroeconomic model, data, software and forecasts on his home page and that are also available for free downloading for use on a personal computer. The Fair Model macroeconmic model forecasts for the United States and 38 other countries.

Fair lives in New Haven, Connecticut, with his wife Sharon Oster, a professor at the Yale School of Management. He is the father of Emily Oster, an economist at the University of Chicago.

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