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Robert A. Murray
Vice President, Economic Affairs
McGraw Hill Construction
Robert A. Murray is vice president, economic affairs for McGraw Hill Construction, a post he has held for over 15 years. Bob determines the broad forecast pattern used by the company’s information products, and he functions as the company’s chief economic spokesperson. Bob is frequently quoted by major newspapers such as The Wall Street Journal on industry developments, and his comments have also appeared in BusinessWeek, CNN, FOX Business, and other media outlets.
Bob is the author of the widely circulated Dodge Construction Outlook—a seminal reference for the industry—and he serves as anchorman for McGraw Hill's prestigious Construction Industry Outlook Conference held in Washington each October. He also conducts a series of construction outlook seminars every spring and fall in various cities across the U.S. and Canada.
Bob joined McGraw Hill in 1980 as an economist, with a primary focus on analyzing construction industry trends. In the mid-1980s he directed a team of economists that developed the Construction Market Forecasting Service, providing five-year projections for 22 building types by nine regions of the U.S. This product has become the preeminent forecast of the nation’s construction industry, and it serves as the foundation for other construction and real estate forecast products offered by MHC’s Analytics group, located in Bedford, MA.
Bob received his bachelor's degree from Princeton University, and he holds both an MBA and a master's degree in economics from Columbia University.