Mr Bill Beach is Director of the Center for Data Analysis and John M. Olin Senior Fellow in Economics at the Heritage Foundation, Washington DC, and a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Beloff Centre at the University of Buckingham. Prior to joining Heritage in 1995, Mr Beach, a graduate of Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, who also holds a Master’s degree in History and Economics from the University of Missouri-Columbia, held a variety of posts in the public, private and academic sectors, serving as a litigation economist with two Kansas City, Missouri, law firms, Campbell & Bysfield and Watson, Ess, Marshall & Enggas, where he specialised in analysing how anti-trust legal remedies would alter product pricing and availability. Later, as an economist for Missouri’s Office of Budget and Planning, he designed and managed the state’s econometric model and advised the Governor on revenue and economic issues. After a stint in the corporate headquarters of Sprint United, Inc., Mr Beach moved to the Washington DC area to serve as President of the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University.
Under Bill Beach’s leadership, the Heritage Foundation has acquired one of the largest privately-held public-policy databases in the United States, as well as a variety of peer-reviewed analytical models. These acquisitions allow the Center to produce some of the most sophisticated ‘number crunching’ done anywhere in the world.
In addition to acquiring analytical models, Bill Beach helps build them. He was instrumental in developing the state-of-the-art econometric models Heritage uses to estimate, in detail, how proposed tax changes will affect individuals, families and various business sectors, as well as the overall US economy.