Austin Francis

Graduate Research Fellow


Austin is a graduate student pursuing a Master’s degree in Data Analytics, with an expected graduation date in Fall 2023. He successfully completed his undergraduate degree in Finance and Economics in Spring 2022.

At the CGO, Austin’s research primarily focuses on tax policy. He joined the CGO with the intention of honing his research and writing skills in preparation for a future PhD program. He has actively researched Virginia’s new Earned Income Tax Credit policy and is engaged in the development of FiscalSim. He is skilled at Python and deep learning.

If Austin could share one idea with the world, it would be about meat. Meat, including organs, is the most nutrient-dense food source for humans when measured by weight. Encouraging increased consumption of meat and organs could potentially cure or prevent numerous severe health problems on a global scale.

After completing his graduate studies, Austin plans to pursue a PhD program to further advance his knowledge and expertise in the field.

About Student Research Fellowships

Research Fellows at the Center for Growth and Opportunity work alongside CGO’s research staff and a worldwide network of scholars. Our fellows are integral components to the Center’s research process.

During their fellowships, graduate students have the opportunity to write independently as well as contribute to ongoing research. Students are guided through the research process as they help answer questions related to technology and innovation, environmental stewardship, immigration, and tax policy. CGO fellows are encouraged to share their research at academic conferences, poster exhibitions, and symposiums. Our fellows also work with the Center’s outreach team to get their research to the right people, at the right time in order to make real changes in the world.