Bridging research and policy
Many of our faculty affiliates have worked in presidential administrations since SIEPR’s founding in 1982, helping shape and inform economic policymaking with their academic expertise. These videos spotlight Gopi Shah Goda and Neale Mahoney, both SIEPR senior fellows, who have served in key national economic advisory positions.
Gopi Shah Goda
Gopi Shah Goda, a SIEPR senior fellow, made a policy impact during her yearlong role as a senior economist at the Council of Economic Advisers. This four-part series gives an inside look at her time in Washington, D.C.
“It definitely feels like I’m leaving my comfort zone.”
Meet Gopi Shah Goda as she gets ready to leave Stanford for her yearlong position as a senior economist at the Council of Economic Advisers. Eager to work so close to the White House and make an impact, there are also logistics to deal with: Packing up a house, moving a family, and putting a pause on 12 years of work at SIEPR.
“There was no manual to tell me how to think about this new topic.”
After focusing most of her academic work on the economics of aging, Gopi relies on basic economic principles and her years of experience and expertise as a researcher to tackle new economic questions posed by a presidential order.
Neale Mahoney, a SIEPR senior fellow who recently served on the National Economic Council. His role as a special policy advisor required his academic expertise to guide decisions made by the White House. Neale describes his experience in Washington, D.C., what hooked him on econ, and the importance of a “two-way street” between academia and the policy world.