Richard Branch is Chief Economist for Dodge Data & Analytics (formerly McGraw Hill Construction). His primary focus is to ensure Dodge’s preeminence in tracking, analyzing and forecasting construction activity and to work closely with national, regional, and trade media to share this insight. This includes continued execution of the monthly Dodge Momentum Index and National Construction Starts research, as well as serving as anchorman for the prestigious and widely circulated Dodge Construction Outlook—a seminal reference for the industry.
He is an industry veteran with 20 years of experience as an economist at various consulting and publishing firms, and is well versed in helping organizations gain the insight they need to enhance their profitability.
Most recently, Richard served as Senior Economist at Dodge and his 10-year tenure has included developing a construction forecast model for Canada, as well as several in-depth reports across key verticals such as education and healthcare. He is also a contributing author for the Construction Market Forecasting Service (CMFS), which provides five-year projections for 22 U.S. building types.
Richard holds a Master’s degree in Economics from Boston College, and an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Ottawa in Canada.