Applied Modeling and Forecasting, Telecommunications, Macroeconomic Forecasting and Analysis


Christopher Swann is Assistant Professor of Instruction – Economics at Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  He is also currently a Senior Advisor with Econsult Solutions, Inc.

Swann began his career at Bell of Pennsylvania/Bell Atlantic (now Verizon Communications) where he held positions in research, business planning and marketing, and product management. His work encompassed rate planning and witness support, corporate planning, and consulting. After completing his Ph.D. in Economics, he joined WEFA/Global Insight (now IHS Markit) as a Senior Economist, responsible for developing the U.S. macroeconomic forecasts and written analyses on the U.S. economy, business investment, and the labor market. During his tenure at WEFA/Global Insight he developed studies and publications in international economics and for consulting studies in telecommunications, equipment leasing, and electronic payments. Swann later joined the Bureau of Economic Analysis in Washington, D.C. before returning to Philadelphia as Vice President, Research Services, at Select Greater Philadelphia, a subsidiary of the Chamber of Commerce.

He served on the Board of Directors of National Association for Business Economics (NABE), played a key role in developing courses and examinations for the Certified Business Economist (CBE) program, and is currently a member of the editorial board of Business Economics, the NABE journal and was recently (2021) elected to be a NABE Fellow. He is a past Chair of the NABE Technology Roundtable, and is a past President of the Philadelphia Council for Business Economics. He currently serves on the Temple University Economics Alumni Board.

He has co-authored publications in peer-reviewed journals and in conference proceedings. He has presented on macroeconomic, industry, and regional topics at conferences and to private groups. His industry and research interests include technology/media/telecommunications, business dynamics and growth, and the economics of strategy. He currently teaches microeconomics, macroeconomics, managerial economics, and the capstone research/writing seminar in economics at Temple University. He has also taught at Villanova and West Chester Universities and in the MBA program at Drexel University. 

Swann holds a B.A. in economics from Washington University, St. Louis, an M.A. in economics with a concentration in econometrics from Temple University, and a Ph.D. in economics also from Temple University with concentrations in industrial organization and international economics.

Curricum Vitae

Selected Publications

  • “Netflix: Will Content Be Enough?” Kelly, Mary and Christopher Swann, Case Study for Ivey Publishing, November, 2020.  
  • “Estimating the Impact of NABE Member Characteristics on Compensation,” Swann, Christopher and Anessa Custovic, Business Economics, January issue 2015.
  • “GDP and the Economy,” Survey of Current Business, Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), monthly. See on BEA’s web site.
  • “Compensation of Economists—Measuring the Market Value of NABE Member Characteristics,” Elizabeth Bernstein and Christopher Swann, Business Economics 45: 204-209 (2010); doi:10.1057/be.2010.18.
  • “Competition in Local Telecommunications – There’s More Than You Think,” Christopher Swann and David G. Loomis, Business Economics, National Association for Business Economics, April 2005.
  • “Intermodal Competition in Local Exchange Markets”, Christopher Swann and David G. Loomis, Information Economics and Policy, 17 (2005) 97-113.
  • “Telecommunications Demand Forecasting With Intermodal Competition – A Multi-Equation Modeling Approach”, Christopher Swann and David G. Loomis, Telektronikk, Volume 100, No. 4, 2004.
  • “Intermodal Competition in Local Exchange Markets,” Christopher Swann and David G. Loomis, Pennsylvania Economic Association Conference, May 29-31, 2003, West Chester, PA. PEA Papers and Proceedings, 2003.

Courses Taught

  • Economic Writing Seminar (Capstone) (Temple)
  • Managerial Economics (Temple, Drexel MBA)
  • Macroeconomic Principles (Temple, Villanova, West Chester)
  • Microeconomic Principles (Villanova, West Chester)
  • Applied Business Statistics (West Chester)
  • Monetary Economics (West Chester)