Robert F. Wescott, Ph.D. (Principal Investigator) is President of Keybridge Research LLC. Dr. Wescott has more than 30 years of professional experience working on macroeconomic and public policy issues. Dr. Wescott served for four years as Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy at the White House and as Chief Economist at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. From 1982-93, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Economist at Wharton Econometrics (today IHS Markit), where he oversaw a staff of 60 and was responsible for all economic modeling, forecasting, and consulting operations. Dr. Wescott also was Deputy Division Chief in the Research Department of the International Monetary Fund, where he did research on global economic risks and policy challenges. In 1989-90 he was Research Director at the International Center for the Study of East Asian Development in Kitakyushu, Japan. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and B.A. in Economics (magna cum laude) from Bucknell University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.