Steven Payson has been a federal government economist for over 30 years, and prior to that he was an economic consultant for over 7 years. He has been a senior economic advisor at the Mine Safety and Health Administration (where he is currently), at Immigration and Customs Enforcement, at the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and at the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. He was a branch chief at the Bureau of Economic Analysis, and a senior economist at the National Science Foundation and the Department of Agriculture.
Dr. Payson has authored five books and several journal articles on measurement issues in economics, scientific integrity in the profession, the economics of science and technology, and public economics. He has taught in the adjunct faculty of several universities on a range of topics, served as the President of the Society of Government Economists, and founded and directed the 501(c)3 nonprofit: Association for Integrity and Responsible Leadership in Economics and Associated Professions (AIRLEAP.org).
Dr. Payson received a doctorate in economics from Columbia University, an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics, and a BA in Mathematics and Bio-psychology from Wesleyan University.