Richard B. Belzer is an independent consultant in regulation, risk, economics and information quality.

Previously, he was an economist with the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. 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. He was also a 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).

Richard was twice elected treasurer of the Society for Risk Analysis and twice elected secretary/treasurer of the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis. He was also 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 bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural economics from the University of California at Davis. He also holds a master’s in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a doctorate in public policy from Harvard University.