About

EconoFact is a non-partisan publication designed to bring key facts and incisive analysis to the national debate on economic and social policies. Launched in January 2017, it is written by leading academic economists from across the country who belong to the EconoFact Network.  It is published by the Edward R. Murrow Center for a Digital World at The Fletcher School at Tufts University.

Mission

Our mission at EconoFact is to provide even-handed analyses of timely economic policy issues drawing on data, historical experience and well-regarded economic frameworks. The presentation is primarily in short memo form.  The memos are written in a manner that is accessible to a wide audience, even when discussing complex economic and statistical analyses.

Our goal is to contribute to the public debate through outreach to journalists, to those directly affecting policy in the corridors of Washington and in our state capitols, and to the public at large. Content published by EconoFact (excluding video content co-produced by EconoFact and third party collaborators) may be reproduced on other websites in accordance with these terms.

We hope that EconoFact serves as a resource for policymakers, thought leaders and journalists, and indeed all interested Americans, so the debate on economic policies can be better based on reasoned arguments, statistical research, and historical experiences.

Executive Editor

Michael Klein

Professor Michael Klein is the William L. Clayton Professor of International Economic Affairs at The Fletcher School at Tufts University. He served as the Chief Economist in the Office of International Affairs of the United States Department of the Treasury from 2010-2011. He is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He has been a Visiting Scholar at the IMF, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, the Bank of England, and the Federal Reserve Banks of New York, Boston, Dallas, and San Francisco.

Publisher

Edward Schumacher-Matos

Edward Schumacher-Matos is the director of the Edward R. Murrow Center for a Digital World at The Fletcher School at Tufts University and is a professor on media matters. He has been a senior editor at The Wall Street Journal, a foreign correspondent at The New York Times, a columnist at The Washington Post, ombudsman at NPR and a member of a team to win a Pulitzer Prize at The Philadelphia Inquirer. He has been the James Madison Visiting Professor at Columbia Journalism School and the Robert F. Kennedy Visiting Professor at the Harvard Kennedy School. An expert on immigration economics, he is a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a Senior Fellow at the Migration Policy Institute. He was awarded a bronze star for merit in Vietnam.

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In addition to institutional support from Tufts University, as well as a range of foundations, EconoFact’s work is made possible by generous support from the following individuals:

 
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Board of Advisors

Julia Coronado
President and Founder, Macropolicy Perspectives
Karen Dynan
Harvard, former Director of Brookings Economic Studies, former Chief Economist at Department of Treasury
Jason Furman
Harvard, former Chair of Council of Economic Advisors
Bill Gale
Brookings, former Director of Brookings Economic Studies, former Senior Economist, Council of Economic Advisors
Megan Greene
Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School
Brad Meslin
Senior Managing Director, CSP Associates, and Member of Fletcher Board of Trustees
Maurice Obstfeld
Class of 1958 Professor of Economics, UC Berkeley, former member, Council of Economic Advisors, former Chief Economist, International Monetary Fund
Eduardo Porter
The New York Times
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George Washington University, former member of Council of Economic Advisors, Director of Brookings The Hamilton Project
Michael Strain
Director of Economic Policy Studies at American Enterprise Institute

Managing Editor

Miriam Wasserman

Miriam Wasserman is a writer and editor specializing in economics and public policy. She has been an editor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and her work has appeared in The Economist, Stanford News, The Chicago Tribune online, The Miami Herald, and El Tiempo (Colombia), among others.

Associate Editor

Kailash K. Prasad

Kailash’s expertise in international political economy, in addition to data visualisation. He has previously worked for The Guardian. Some of his writing has appeared in Politico, The National Interest, and The Diplomat among other outlets.

Research Associates

Zachary Obstfeld

Zachary has previously worked at the Center for Effective Global Action. His research interests include development, inequality, and behavior.

Ema Klugman

Ema is a recent graduate of Duke University, where she majored in Public Policy and History. She has previously worked at the Center for Advanced Hindsight. Her interests include international development, behavioral economics, and inequality.

Margot Tricot

Margot is studying Finance at HEC Paris and Development and Public Policy at The Fletcher School at Tufts University. Her research interests include development, sovereign debt and refugee economics.

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Acknowledgments

In acknowledgment of their work and counsel in helping EconoFact move from concept to fruition: