Parker Sheppard is the director for The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Data Analysis, which tests the effectiveness of public policies through empirical studies and simulation modeling. At Heritage, his research focuses on computational macroeconomic modeling. He is responsible for building and maintaining Heritage’s macroeconomic models for dynamic policy analysis. Prior to working at The Heritage Foundation, Sheppard was a research assistant with the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Sheppard holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Economics from North Carolina State University, where his dissertation studied the role of financial frictions in business cycle fluctuations. He also holds an MS in Mathematics and Statistics from Georgetown University and a BA in both Economics and Politics from Washington and Lee University.