Ian McDonough received his PhD in Economics from Southern Methodist University in 2014 and is currently an Associate Professor, Graduate Coordinator, and S.J. Hall Faculty Fellow in the Department of Economics at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His current research interests are in the general area of applied microeconomics, with particular interests in microeconometrics, economics of food security, health economics, and urban economics. His work has been published in leading economics journals including, among others, Journal of Econometrics, Journal of Applied Econometrics, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, and Regional Science and Urban Economics. Prior to obtaining a PhD and joining the academy, he spent time at Laffer Associates where he was directly involved in the investment process including the creation, testing, and implementation of quantitative asset allocation models and economic forecasts. Ian also served as the Chief of Staff for Dr. Arthur Laffer during his time with the firm.