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Marquise McGraw Professorial Lecturer Department of Public Administration and Policy

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(202) 885-1485 (Office)
SPA - Public Admin and Policy
Kerwin Hall - 333
PhD, Economics, University of California, Berkeley, 2015
BA, Economics, Cornell University, 2006


Marquise J. McGraw is an economist with a keen interest in applying economic principles and methods to affect real-world policy outcomes. Informed by his experience in government and academia, Professor McGraw teaches courses in applied policy analysis, including courses in statistical methods, economics, public finance, and cost-benefit analysis. He also serves as Director of the Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree program.

Professor McGraw has had longstanding research interests in the areas of infrastructure and economic development, local labor markets, and public finance.  His research on the role of airports in economic development has been published in the Journal of Urban Economics as well as in the Advances in Airline Economics book series. His current research focuses on the application of statistical and geospatial methods to issues within environmental justice and equity, with recent work on lead pipes and equity impacts published in Sustainability.

Prior to joining American University, Professor McGraw served as an economist for the Office of Research, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, in Washington, DC, from September 2016 to September 2019. At the CFPB, he consulted with relevant stakeholders on fair lending supervisory exams, advised policymakers on the economic consequences of proposed regulatory changes, conducted cost-benefit analyses, and performed academic research. From 2007 to 2009, he was an economist in the Federal Aviation Administration's Office of Aviation Policy and Plans, where he also conducted cost-benefit analysis. Professor McGraw has previously taught at the masters and undergraduate levels at several institutions, including the University of Maryland - College Park, Middlebury College, and the University of California – Berkeley, winning a Teaching Effectiveness Award from UC Berkeley in 2012.

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Summer 2022

  • PUAD-605 Quant Meth for Public Managers

Fall 2022

  • PUAD-631 Financing Government Services

  • PUAD-770 Economics for Policy Analysis

Spring 2023

  • PUAD-631 Financing Government Services

  • PUAD-671 Cost Benefit Analysis

  • PUAD-671 Cost Benefit Analysis