Thinking several steps ahead and developing new plans to changing scenarios have always been themes in Stephan’s life, whether it’s while he’s playing on the soccer pitch or analyzing a country’s economic outlook. Each activity requires planning, a keen eye for detail, and — at times — adjusting to unexpected developments. One of the most involved plans he’s laid out in his career has been his shift from the fields of international and country‐level economic policy analysis to Michigan public policy.
As PSC’s economist, Stephan applies these planning powers to economic‐focused research and analysis in the areas of community and economic development, energy and environment, education, and health and human services. He researches the many sides of Michigan’s economy and closely follows federal, state, and local economic policy developments. Stephan also serves as an internal resource for other PSC staff on questions related to macroeconomics, data, and statistical analysis.
Stephan comes to PSC after nearly a decade of experience with economic policy analysis on advanced, emerging market, and low‐income countries around the world at the International Monetary Fund and the U.S. Treasury Department.
A Little More…
Education: BA in Economics and Political Science from Tufts University and an MA in International Economics from the School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University
With PSC since: June 2020
PSC superpower: Distilling global economic policy lessons and applying them to Michigan with the help of excellent home‐made, cold‐brew coffee
Favorite part of working at PSC: The camaraderie, transparency, and policy acumen of the staff
Why Michigan? Turning southwestern Detroit into home with family, biking on the Dequindre Cut, hiking and birdwatching on Belle Isle, and camping in the U.P.