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David L. Littmann

Senior Economist

David L. Littmann is senior economist with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a research and educational institute headquartered in Midland, Mich., and the largest state-based free-market think tank in the country.

Littmann received his M.A. degree in economics from the University of Michigan in 1967. He holds an S.M. degree in economics from M.I.T. and a B.A. degree in economics from Antioch College, and completed a year of study as an exam student at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Littmann retired from Comerica Bank in early 2005 as senior vice president and chief economist after a 35-year career in charge of Comerica’s Economics Department and Research Library. He authored a host of business barometers and developed many leading indicators for the local and national economies and from tourism to the auto industry.

Littmann received the 2003 Lawrence R. Klein Award for Blue Chip Forecast Accuracy. This is one of the most prestigious and long-standing awards in the profession. It recognizes the best four-year economic forecast in the nation. In 2004, Littmann was honored by the state Chamber of Commerce as Michigan’s man of the year for outstanding leadership and contributions. His research articles on the causes of inflation were published in Business Economics, the professional journal of the National Association of Business Economists.

For three decades, Littmann was a featured columnist for the Detroit Regional Chamber. The Wall Street Journal, The Detroit News and dBusiness Magazine continue publishing his editorials, and his book reviews appear in Ideas On Liberty, the journal of the Foundation for Economic Education.

Littmann served as chairman of the Economic Advisory Committee of the American Bankers Association in Washington, D.C., where he met regularly with governors of the Federal Reserve Board. Over his working career, Littmann held positions at all levels of government, served as a director of Nixdorff-Krein Industries in St. Louis, MO., and was a trustee of the Bloomfield Hills School District.

His contributions to the economics profession and public policy are now archived in the Bentley Historical Library collection on the University of Michigan campus.

Littmann, married 47 years, has 3 children, 7 grandchildren and resides near Holly, Mich. He is a practicing, certified graphologist, holding positions of Midwest vice-president, historian, and Board of Trustees chairman for the American Association of Handwriting Analysts. He is the author of several research articles identifying leadership qualities in handwriting.

From David L. Littmann

Littmann Testimony on SB 402

Michigan needs "visionary leadership" on tax cuts. … more

Michigan's Competitiveness Depends on Defined Benefit Reform For Teachers

Detroit Consent Agreement: Another Kick of the Can?

Did the Auto Bailout Really Save One Million Jobs?

GM Bankruptcy’s Impact on Michigan

The Issues Michigan Must Address

GM Bankruptcy: End of the Road or New Super Highway?

How to Save Detroit

How to Save Detroit

The Government’s Plan to Fix Wall Street Will Do More Harm

Washington’s response to the mortgage crisis ignored the very government policies that created the problem. … more

A Taxing Question (revised version)

Much to be Done

Can Michigan Attract Knowledge-Based Industries?

True reform can only come when we first secure a more rewarding business climate as the source of all new job creation. … more

A Taxing Question

Michigan Can't Afford the Status Quo

Banks and Credit Unions: The Unlevel Playing Field

Banks, especially small and mid-sized community banks, have been consistently losing market share to credit unions because the latter enjoy status as nonprofit financial cooperatives for tax purposes. … more

Economic Malpractice

Number Cruncher

Pain Threshold

Thatcher of the West

Reinventing a Broken Wheel

The Archer Administration: A Commentary at Year One

After one year of Detroit Mayor Archer's administration, analysts Kleiman and Hutchison conclude that although some promising new directions were taken, much work remains. Experience in other major cities such as Philadelphia point the way for Detroit: Mayor Archer should move quickly to cut tax rates and privatize more services. 10 pages. … more

Taxing Savings Destroys Jobs

An analysis of Clinton tax proposals concluded that 2.3 million private sector jobs would be lost over six years if certain policies became law. … more