Richard W. Rahn, Ph.D., who serves as an economic advisor to President George Bush, joined the Chamber of Commerce of the United States in 1980 as its vice president and chief economist, a position in which he manages the Chamber’s Economic Policy Division and serves as its national spokesman on economic and tax policy issues.
Also, Dr, Rahn serves as a director and executive vice president of the National Chamber Foundation and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Economic Growth.
He has directed or participated in economic growth projects, seminars and studies in such countries as Brazil, Estonia, Hungary, Mexico, the Philippines and Thailand. He currently serves as the U.S. Co-chairman of the Bulgarian Economic Growth and Transition Project.
Before joining the Chamber staff, Dr. Rahn was executive director of the American Council for Capital Formation, president of an economics consulting firm in Washington, DC., and the Washington economic consultant for the New York Mercantile exchange.
Also, he was an associate professor of management and head of Polytechnic University’s Graduate Department of Management. In addition, he taught at Florida State University, Rutgers University, George Washington University, George Mason University and with the U.S. Air Force.
Dr. Rahn is a frequent guest commentator on tax and economic issues, and has appeared on such programs as Wall Street Week, Good Morning America, The Today Show and the MacNeil/Lehrer Report. Also, he has written articles that have appeared in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times, as well as numerous magazines and journals.
A native of Rochester, New York, he earned his bachelor of arts degree in economics from the university of South Florida, a master of business administration degree at Florida State University and his Ph. D. in business economics from Columbia University.
Dr. Rahn is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society and serves on the board of the international Club of Washington, American Council for Capital Formation and its Center for Policy Research, and the Institute for Research on the Economics of Taxation, and is an Adjunct Fellow of the Hudson Institute. Also, he is a former president of the National Capital Chapter of the National Association of Business Economists.