Policy Work

Experience:

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.

White House CEA Public Reports:

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

Policy Reports:

What Can Be Done to Address Rising Student Debt? (Center for Growth and Opportunity)
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How Do Taxes Affect Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Productivity? (Center for Growth and Opportunity)
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A Primer on the Past, Present, and Future of Higher Education (Center for Growth and Opportunity)
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Housing Affordability: Trends, Consequences, and Policies (Center for Growth and Opportunity)
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A Primer on Housing Finance Reform (Center for Growth and Opportunity)
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Down Payments and the Homeownership Dream: Not Such a Barrier After All? (Center for Growth and Opportunity)
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Crises in the Housing Market: Causes, Consequences, and Policy Lessons (Center for Growth and Opportunity)
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How do Tax Rate Changes Affect Revenues? (Show-Me Institute)
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A Guide to Tax Reform in Missouri (Governor's Committee for Simple, Fair, and Low Taxes)

Jobs and Growth Blueprint for Missouri

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Blog Posts:

Construction Permits and Future Housing Supply: Implications for 2020
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Are U.S. Housing Markets Hot, Hot, Hot?
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Opinion Pieces:

Rent Control May Hurt Those It's Meant to Help (Tribune News Service)
How Pork-Barrel Spending Shapes the Ideological Composition of Congress (R Street)
Tax Reform Conservatives Can Get Behind (National Review)
Overhaul Our Dysfunctional Tax Code (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
The Free Market Can Deliver a Better Health Care Solution (Kansas City Star)
How to Craft an Effective, Politically Viable Repeal-and-Replace Bill (National Review)

Events:

Opportunity Zones: The Early Evidence (Brookings Institution)
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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.


Are We Ready for the Future of Work? (Center for Growth and Opportunity)
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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.


Behind Bars in Missouri — Who is Paying the Price? (Show-Me Institute)
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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.


What's Driving the Rise in College Tuition? (American Action Forum)
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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.