About Tapan Munroe

Tapan Munroe is a well known author, speaker, consultant and advisor in economics. His expertise includes innovation economics, energy economics, regional economics and high-tech industry analysis. His current research and writings focus on the economics of innovation and economies of innovation regions such as Silicon Valley and High Tech San Diego.

He serves as a lifetime member of the Board of Advisors of the Center for Pacific Rim Studies at the University of San Francisco; and a Member of the University of California President’s Board on Science and Innovation.

He has served as a trustee of the UC Merced Foundation, and as a director of the California State University Institute in Long Beach, California. He served as the Chief Economist for Pacific, Gas, and Electric Company for more than a decade. He was also a former President of the National Association of Business Economists, Bay Area Chapter; a former member of the National Petroleum Council Task Force on Oil Prices; former Quarterly Chair for the Commonwealth Club of California; and the former Chair of the Economics Committee of the Edison Electric Institute in Washington, D.C. He was a Member of the Advisory Board of City National Bank in San Francisco for seven years.

He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Colorado where he was awarded Colorado fellowship and membership in honor societies Phi Kappa Phi, and Omicron Delta Epsilon. He is also a graduate of the University of Chicago Executive Training Program, a Visiting Scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University and a Deutsche Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) fellow at the University of Augsburg in West Germany. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of California, Berkeley and a Professor and Chair for the Department of Economics at the University of the Pacific in Stockton. In 1998-1999 he was the holder of the Kiriyama Distinguished Professorship for Asia Pacific Studies at the University of San Francisco.

A widely published writer, Tapan has authored three books relating to Silicon Valley including “Dot-com to Dot-bomb – Understanding the Dot-Com Boom, Bust and Resurgence.” 2004, Moraga Press; Silicon Valley: Ecology of Innovation, 2008, Science Parks Association of Spain (APTE); and “What Makes Silicon Valley Tick?” 2009, Nova Vista Publications, 2009. His latest book with coauthors Mary Walshok and Henry Devries is entitled “Closing America’s Job Gap”, January 2011, W Business Books. He has been a columnist for the San Francisco Examiner and the Journal of Corporate Renewal. Since 1988 he has been writing a column for several Bay Area News Group papers including the Oakland Tribune, the Contra Costa Times and other bay region newspapers. He is a commentator on both regional and national radio and TV news programs.


Revised: July 2011


4 responses to “About Tapan Munroe

  1. My name is Claudia Lamb. I produce the afternoon news at KGO radio in San Francisco, the ABC affiliate.

    I’m hoping you’re available at 510: pm (PT) this afternoon to discuss jobs, employment and the difficulty in filling job vacancies. There would be a brief Q & A with our anchors, Bret and Chris.

    You can reach me at (415) 216 – 1300, or via email.

    Thank you for your time.


    Claudia Lamb
    Afternoon News
    KGO Radio
    NewsTalk 810
    (415) 216 – 1300

  2. Ken Farrell

    Tappan Monroe:
    As af ellow economist,I have read with interest many of your columns on economic affairs. As Program Chair of the Rossmoor Rotary Club, I wonder whether you would be available to address our membership at one of our forthcomiong weekly luncheons. I was impressed with your recent column on reasons to be optimistic concerning the economy and that theme or another of your choosing would be of interest to our Club. We currently have openings for a speaker on November17 and December1. Would you be available on either of those dates?
    You may reach me at the above email or by phone at 925.979.0963 should you wish to discuss this proposal.
    Ken Farrell, Program Chair,
    Rossmoor Rotary Club.

  3. Joe Fox

    Justin Fox says he would be happy to speak to you at the time of his LOPC talk in May

  4. Barbara Kuklewicz

    Hello, Dr. Munroe,
    I regularly read your column in the Tri-Valley Times and always appreciate your emphasis on training to help employees become the skilled workforce companies need to achieve their goals.
    I am the VP of Marketing for the Mt. Diablo Chapter of ASTD (a volunteer position) and we will be recognizing Employee Learning Week Dec. 5-9. Would it be possible for you to mention this yearly event in an upcoming column?
    Here’s a link to Employee Learning Week: http://www.employeelearningweek.org that provides information about it.
    Thank you very much.
    Barbara Kuklewicz

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