I am director of the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center and a visiting professor at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute in Washington, DC, where I will teach microeconomics and public finance. I also write about economics, finance, and life at dmarron.com. From 2002 to early 2009, I served in various senior positions in the White House and Congress including: Member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA), Acting Director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), and Executive Director of Congress’s Joint Economic Committee (JEC). In short, I’ve been blessed to serve at some of the best acronyms in government. Before my government service, I had a varied career as a professor, consultant, and entrepreneur. In the mid-1990s, I taught economics and finance at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. I then spent about a year-and-a-half consulting on antitrust cases at Charles River Associates in Washington, DC. After that, I took the plunge into the world of new ventures, serving as Chief Financial Officer of a health care software start-up in Austin, TX. After that fascinating experience, I started my career in public service. I received my Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and my B.A. in Mathematics a couple miles down the road at Harvard.
I joined Seeking Alpha as a Senior Editor in June 2012, and left to pursue other opportunities in late 2016. I managed the Dividends, Income & Retirement and Expert Insight platforms. D&I focuses on income investment strategies and dividend investment-focused content for investors from the accumulation stage to retirement. The purpose of Expert Insight is to expand and elevate the quality of Seeking Alpha's content by including articles from an industry insider's point of view, designed to help investors make more informed decisions as they consider specific sectors and trends within those sectors for their investing strategies, e.g., utilities or technology. Expert Insight articles offer more of a macro, 30,000-foot-view that goes beyond investment analysis or stock recommendations. I also curated the Dividends & Income Digest, a bi-weekly publication that takes a look at a question that is compelling and relevant to the community, showcases the responses of DI thought leaders, and serves as a round-up of top DI articles. I have a particular interest in retirement-related content, particularly with regard to using a dividend strategy to create a steady income stream for those golden years.
I am a finance enthusiast with a MBA degree in Analytical Finance and Entrepreneurship from Indian School of Business. I have worked in the financial services sector for the past five years including starting my own financial advisory business. I have a deep interest in value investing and the ongoing macroeconomic trends. I love to learn more about the vast field of finance and investing and believe in learning while sharing.
I am presently a PhD Candidate in marketing at the Schulich School of Business in Toronto, Canada (is.gd/weO3eP). I've been investing since 2005 and am an avid reader of (and occasional commenter on) Seeking Alpha. I think Seeking Alpha and its contributors offer great ideas on and insights into both how and where to invest.
From a research perspective, I am Interested in how investors - on forums such as Seeking Alpha - work together to make sense of and understand (and give sense about) the uncertain and ambiguous movements and signals of the market.
If you would be willing to help out with this research, I would be appreciative of your assistance. I'm interested in interviewing contributors (authors and commenters, such as yourself) to the site about how and why they use, contribute to and benefit from Seeking Alpha (e.g. What role does SA play in your investing? What contributions do you benefit from the most? What goes into making a contribution on the site?). Any interview would occur at your convenience (over Skype or phone) and would last approximately 60-90 minutes. Your responses will be instrumental in the development of research that will be targeted towards a top-tier academic journal (and will help me out with my dissertation!). In order to maintain anonymity, unless you specifically indicate otherwise, any direct quotes reported from your interview will be attributed to a pseudonym.
If you're interested in assisting with this research (or just finding out more about it), please send me a note here or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your consideration!
Andy Harless is an economist specializing in macroeconomics, with particular interests in labor and finance. Since finishing his doctorate at Harvard University in 1994, he has been involved in a number of projects related to economics, including writing econometric software, developing quantitative methods to forecast US Treasury yields, and co-authoring The Indebted Society with James Medoff. He also has experience trading several types of financial futures. His occasional writing has appeared in various publications such as Barron’s and Grant’s Interest Rate Observer. Currently he is Chief Economist at Atlantic Asset Management (http://www.atlanticasset.com/). Opinions expressed in his articles (as well as any errors or omissions) are entirely his own and do not necessarily reflect those of Atlantic Asset Management or its officers.
Visit his blog: Employment, Interest and Money (http://blog.andyharless.com)
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