Executive Director, Association for Integrity and Responsible Leadership in Economics and Associated Professions (AIRLEAP.org)
"What Will Make Economics Professors Succeed or Fail in the Future? The Discipline at a Crossroads"
Steven Payson has over 32 years of professional experience in economics, having worked as an economic consultant for over three years at ICF Incorporated (starting in 1979), as an associate at the Inter-American Development Bank (from 1987 to 1991), and as federal government economist for more than 25 years at the National Science Foundation and the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, and Interior. He has also taught economics, as an adjunct faculty member, at Columbia University, Trinity College (in Washington, DC), American University, Marymount University (in Virginia), Virginia Tech, and most recently Georgetown University where he taught classes on the “Economics of Technology, Innovation, and Growth.” In the Commerce Department, Dr. Payson served as Chief of the Special Studies Branch, and then Chief of Research, in the Government Division of the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the past six years he has been a senior economic advisor in the Department of the Interior. In 2006, Dr. Payson founded the Association for Integrity and Responsible Leadership in Economics and Associated Professions (AIRLEAP®)—a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose Board of Directors is chaired by Distinguished Professor Deirdre McCloskey. For the past 11 years he has been the Executive Director of AIRLEAP, where he has organized many conference sessions and training seminars for economists on professional ethics, scientific integrity, and leadership responsibility, featuring many of the world’s most leading experts on these topics. In 2009-10 he also served as the President of the Society of Government Economists.
Dr. Payson wrote his first book in 1994, which was based on his dissertation three years earlier: Quality Measurement in Economics: New Perspectives on the Evolution of Goods and Services (Edward Elgar). He then wrote, in 2000, Economics, Science and Technology (Edward Elgar), and in 2014 he edited a three-volume set, containing 44 chapters written by 60 authors, entitled Public Economics in the United States: How the Government Analyzes and Influences the Economy (ABC-Clio). His most-recent works are How Economics Professors Can Stop Failing Us: The Discipline at a Crossroads (Rowman and Littlefield, August 2017) and The Downsizing of Economics Professors: How It Will Happen, and Why It Will Succeed (Rowman and Littlefield, in press).
Dr. Payson received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1979 from Wesleyan University in Connecticut with a double-major in Mathematics and Bio-psychology, a Master of Science Degree in Economics from the London School of Economics in 1982, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University in 1991. For work he has performed in the government, Dr. Payson received a Bronze Award from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, and a Gold Award from the Department of the Interior.
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