Richard B. Belzer is an associate fellow of the R Street Institute. Since 2001, he has been an independent consultant in regulation, risk, economics and information quality.
From 1988-1998, he was an economist with the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, the unit within the U.S. Office of Management and Budget that reviews draft regulations before they are published for public comment or promulgated as rules. In that role, he was responsible for reviewing regulatory analyses prepared by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Food and Drug Administration and various components of the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Energy and the Interior.
From 1998-2001, he was visiting professor of public policy at Washington University in St. Louis and director of the regulatory studies program at the university’s Center for the Study of American Business (now the Weidenbaum Center).
He was twice elected treasurer of the Society for Risk Analysis and twice elected secretary/treasurer of the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis. In addition, he was appointed a senior fellow of the Cecil and Ida Green Center for the Study of Science and Society at the University of Texas at Dallas.
Richard earned his master’s in agricultural economics from the University of California at Davis, his master’s in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and his doctorate in public policy from Harvard University.