Washington, DC: Speaker Series

Economics as Art, Science, and "Science-Squared"

Steven Payson, Chief, Special Studies Branch, Bureau of Economic Analysis

The IPE Lecture Series features numerous prominent LSE alumni in the Washington, DC area.

Attendance is $5 AFLSE members/$10 non-members.
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Washington, D.C. 20005

A wine and cheese reception will follow the lecture.

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AFLSE DC The International Policy & Economics Lecture Series (IPE):
March 28 - Dr. Richard Weitz , Senior Fellow, The Hudson Institute
April 25- Dennis McBride , President, The Potomac Institute
May 30 - Anthony Elson , Visiting Fellow, The London School of Economics and Political Science
June 27 - Steven Payson , Chief, Special Studies Branch, Bureau of Economic Analysis
July 11 - Margaret McCown , Senior Analyst, National Defense University

(Please click on link for details on each event.)

Steven Payson is an economist at the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, where he is Chief of the Special Studies Branch. His branch measures various aspects of the government sector of the economy such as the amount of fixed assets held by the U.S. government, government finance statistics, and a price index for government-funded biomedical research. He is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, where he teaches a class on the Economics of Technology, Innovation, and Growth. In addition, Dr. Payson is the founder and current Executive Director of the newly formed nonprofit organization—the Association for Integrity and Responsible Leadership in Economics and Associated Professions (or AIRLEAP.org).

Dr. Payson received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and Biopsychology from Wesleyan University in 1979. A couple years later, he went to the London School of Economics, where he received a Masters of Science Degree in Economics 1982. After working for four years in Washington as an economic consultant at ICF Incorporated, Dr. Payson went on to Columbia University, where he acquired his Ph.D. in Economics in 1991. While completing his dissertation he worked for four years at the Inter-American Development Bank, but in 1991, after completing his Ph.D., he began work as an economist for the U.S. federal government, where he has been for the past 15 years. Dr. Payson was an economist for over 4 years at the Department of Agriculture, and for 7 years at the National Science Foundation, before moving to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, where he has been for 4 years now.

Dr. Payson has taught economics as an adjunct professor, at Georgetown, Virginia Tech, American University, Marymount University, and Trinity College. He is the sole author of two books in economics: Quality Measurement in Economics: New Perspectives on the Evolution of Goods and Services (published by Edward Elgar in 1994) and Economics, Science, and Technology (Edward Elgar in 2000). His current research is in the area of economic analysis of peer review systems, and the issue of promoting integrity and responsible leadership in the economics profession.