I am currently a Research Fellow at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, the Chief Economist at the Show-Me Institute, and the Research Director at AFPI. Previously, I served as the Chief Domestic Economist and Senior Adviser at the White House Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) in 2020-21. Before joining the CEA, I was a Senior Fellow and the Acting Director of Academic Outreach at the Center for Growth and Opportunity. My other relevant experience includes stints at the Heritage Foundation and the International Trade Commission along with senior policy advisory roles.
Most of the work done at the White House Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) is for internal decision-making, not public consumption. The CEA's primary audience is the President of the United States and other senior officials in the Executive Office of the President. However, the CEA by law is mandated to write an annual Economic Report of the President that it transmits to Congress after briefing the President. In addition, the CEA regularly releases public-facing reports on a wide range of issues. Below is a sample of public reports that I worked on during my time at the CEA.
Economic Report of the President, January 2021 Expanding Educational Opportunity through Choice and Competition
Evaluating the Effects of the Economic Response to COVID-19
The Impact of Opportunity Zones: An Initial Assessment The W-GDP Index: Empowering Women's Economic Activity through Addressing Legal Barriers
On 2/24/2021, the Brookings Institution hosted a conference to examine the early evidence on the impact of the Opportunity Zone program. I discussed three papers in the second session on the labor market effects of Opportunity Zones.
In November 2018, the Center for Growth and Opportunity sponsored a panel discussion on the future of work with a focus on how policymakers can be proactive both in preparing for potential dislocation and capitalizing on valuable opportunities.
On 9/26/2017, Columbia College hosted a Show-Me Institute panel discussion on criminal justice reform. I addressed the economics of criminal justice reform with a focus on trends, underlying causes, and implications for reform.
On 4/12/2016, the American Action Forum hosted an event to discuss the drivers of rising college tuition and student debt with a particular focus on the unintended consequences of federal financial aid.