Richard Belzer has been an independent consultant in regulatory economics, risk, and information quality since 2001. From 1988 to 1998, he was a staff economist at the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. In that position, Belzer was responsible for reviewing draft regulations and Regulatory Impact Analyses prepared by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Food and Drug Administration, and various components of the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Energy, the Interior and Labor.
From 1998 to 2001, Belzer was visiting professor of public policy at Washington University in St. Louis and director of the regulatory studies program at the University’s Weidenbaum Center. He earned his master’s degree in agricultural economics from the University of California-Davis in 1980, his master’s in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School in 1982, and his doctorate in public policy from Harvard University in 1989.