Patrick Barkey, Director

Patrick Barkey, Ph.D., has served as director of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research since 2008. An economist with more than 26 years of experience in regional forecasting in both the public and private sector, Dr. Barkey is the author of several well-known studies on Montana’s energy and coal industries. He holds a doctorate in Economics from the University of Michigan. As a research economist for American Electric Power, he developed and maintained large scale models of residential and industrial energy demand.

Paul Polzin, Director Emeritus

Paul Polzin, Ph.D., has studied the Montana economy extensively during the past 35 years, with particular emphasis on the natural resources industry. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Michigan State University and is director emeritus of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Montana. Dr. Polzin has published peer-reviewed articles in journals such as the Annals of Regional Science, the Review of Regional Studies and Growth and Change. He has served as president of the Western Regional Science Association and the Pacific Northwest Economics Conference.


Patrick Barkey, Director
Natural Resources and Energy Research