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Christopher Thornberg is Founding Partner of Beacon Economics, LLC and widely considered to be one of the nation's leading economists. He has 15 years of experience delivering expert testimony and providing analysis on almost 50 legal cases. An expert in economic forecasting, regional economics, labor markets, business disruption and loss of profit, and commercial and residential real estate, he was one of the earliest and most adamant predictors of the sub-prime mortgage market collapse and of the global economic recession that followed. In 2015, Dr. Thornberg was named to California State Treasurer John Chiang's Council of Economic Advisors. He is also the Director of the Center for Economic Forecasting and Development at the UC Riverside School of Business, and serves on the advisory boards of Paulson & Co. Inc. Dr. Thornberg holds a Ph.D in Business Economics from The Anderson School at UCLA, and a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo.