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About PE > Team


Performance Economics is a full-service economic consulting firm, specializing in

EB-5 economic modeling issues. PE's two partners John Barrett and Corina Murg

have deep backgrounds in economic theory, in particular regional economic

impact modeling. Our firm has worked with numerous regional centers across

the United States on both individual EB-5 projects and regional center applications.

We have a wide range of experience on EB-5 projects, from construction only projects,

troubled businesses, retail, transportation and logistics, hotel and health care projects.

John Barrett has over 20 years of experience as an economist. 

He has held positions in the public sector, academia and the

private sector.  Before co-founding Performance Economics,

Mr. Barrett was a Regional Economist at the Bureau of Economic

Analysis in the division that developed the RIMS II input-output

model.  He has been a lecturer of undergraduate economics at

Suffolk University in Boston and the Director of Research at the

University's public policy think tank the Beacon Hill Institute.  He was a Principal

at IHS Global Insight, the world’s leading economic forecasting and consulting firm. 

He was also Vice President of Strategic Analytics at Mullen Advertising in Boston.

He is an expert on economic impact modeling, helping Fortune 500 companies

determine their impact on the national economy and speaking frequently at

conferences on the subject.


Mr. Barrett most recently was a panelist at the American Immigration Lawyer’s

Association’s 2012 Spring EB-5 Investors CLE Conference held in the Bahamas

on April 20-21. He spoke to over 200 attendees on issues regarding EB-5 economic

impact modeling and provided guidance around the latest issues the USCIS has

raised concerning job impacts in the EB-5 program. He has been a guest speaker at

AILA and IIUSA annual conferences on various topics pertaining to EB-5 economic

modeling issues.

Corina Murg
is an experienced economist with a deep background in public policy.
She has extensive knowledge on a wide array of topics
,  from forecasting state  and
local tax revenues, estimating the impact of taxes and other regulatory
changes on
a local economy's output, employment, wages and tax
revenues, to determining the impact
of publicly funded
investments using social cost-benefit analysis. Mrs. Murg  has
also co-authored an annual Metropolitan area competitiveness
report and held
positions in research groups at both Suffolk University and Harvard University. 
She has several years of teaching experience as a
lecturer of undergraduate
economics in the Boston area and is fluent in three languages.