Meet MMB's Economists
Laura Kalambokidis, State Economist
Laura Kalambokidis is Minnesota's State Economist. In that position, she heads the Economic Analysis unit at MMB, which is responsible for producing and presenting the state's revenue and economic forecasts.
Laura is also a professor in the Department of Applied Economics and an extension economist at the University of Minnesota, where she teaches public sector economics and does research on a range of federal and state tax policy issues.
Laura was a member of the Minnesota State Budget Trends Study Commission in 2007-08 and the Minnesota Tax Expenditure Review Study Group in 2010-11. Prior to assuming her position at the university, she was a financial economist in the Office of Tax Analysis in the U.S. Department of Treasury in Washington, D.C, where she provided economic analysis of tax policy issues and developed models to estimate the revenue effects of proposed tax changes.
Laura has been Minnesota State Economist since 2013. She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Michigan and an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Minnesota.
For interview requests or other media inquiries, please contact Laura at Laura.Kalambokidis@state.mn.us or (651) 201-8019.
John Peloquin, Economist
John Peloquin is an economist in Economic Analysis at MMB. He is responsible for preparing revenue forecasts of Minnesota's individual income tax, general sales tax, and deed and mortgage taxes.
John's major research interest includes developing methods to forecast components of the income tax base and sales tax base. He also routinely provides assistance to state and local government policymakers and staff, the academic and business communities, the media, and the general public.
John has been an economist with Economic Analysis since 1978 and has had the pleasure of working with all 7 Minnesota State Economists. He has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota and a Master in Public Affairs from the University of Minnesota.
Please contact John at John.Peloquin@state.mn.us or (651) 201-8018.
Amanda Imes, Economist
Amanda Imes is an economist at MMB. She is responsible for preparing a revenue forecast for Minnesota’s Corporate Tax, coordinating the state’s economic outlook, and measuring forecast accuracy. She is also responsible for providing an updated report on the volatility of Minnesota tax revenues and estimating an appropriate size for the Budget Reserve in September of each year.
Amanda holds a master’s degree in Applied Economics from the University of Minnesota and an undergraduate degree in Economics from Carthage College.
Please contact Amanda at Amanda.Imes@state.mn.us or (651) 201-8013.
Lyle Anderson, Economist
Lyle Anderson is an economist in the Economic Analysis division at MMB. He assists in modeling income tax withholding and sales tax receipts, revenue forecasting, and other analysis in support of the twice yearly state revenue forecast. He also helps write and prepare documents and communication materials, including summaries of the state and national economic outlook.
Lyle holds a master’s degree in Applied Economics from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in Economics from Bowdoin College.
Please contact Lyle at Lyle.Anderson@state.mn.us.