Although Jeff has only worked at the firm for a few years, he’s a quintessential PSCer with a broad range of interests and areas of expertise. He’s a competitive chess player, an insatiable reader, and a financial whiz who can talk eloquently about almost any policy issue facing the state. Although Jeff works primarily in education and public finance, he is passionate about all policies that help make Michigan a better place to live, work, and do business. For example, he likes conducting research on early childhood because he believes strongly in the power of early investment.
Jeff is that rare economist who can make complex economic topics accessible to laypeople, budget directors, and everyone in between. His recent work includes quantifying the University Research Corridor’s economic contributions to Detroit, developing recommendations for improving Michigan’s K– 12 system, and estimating the contribution of the oil and gas industry to Michigan’s economy. Regardless of the topic, he enjoys the challenge of helping clients develop options to address difficult public policy problems.
Prior to joining PSC, Jeff served as president of the Citizens Research Council of Michigan and director of the Office of Revenue and Tax Analysis in the Michigan Department of Treasury, where he developed special expertise in state and local revenue structure and the state’s economy and budget.
A Little More…
Education: BA in Economics from the University of Michigan and an MA and PhD in Economics from Michigan State University
With PSC since: March 2014
PSC superpower: Estimating how much policies cost
Favorite part of working at PSC: Helping clients develop practical policy solutions to real-world problems
Why Michigan? First love—New York; lasting love—my Michigander wife