Expert economist and policy analyst rounds out
leading, energy-only free-market think tank.


WASHINGTON DC (January 29, 2020) –The Institute for Energy Research (IER) has announced David Kreutzer will be joining its organization as a senior economist. Kreutzer’s economic policy work is well known within several circles, especially in energy and climate, but also in labor markets, trade, environment, and regulation.

From 1984 until 2007, Kreutzer taught economics at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where he also served as director of the International Business Program. In 1994, Kreutzer was a visiting economist at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and, in the early 1980’s, he was a visiting economics instructor at Ohio University.

Prior to today’s announcement, Kreutzer served as one of IER’s inaugural advisory council members and senior research fellow at The Heritage Foundation, a research and educational think tank focused on public policies. He also served with IER President Thomas Pyle on President Trump’s transition team.

Kreutzer, who grew up in Northern Virginia, earned a doctorate in economics from George Mason University. He also has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from Virginia Tech. He and his wife reside in Falls Church, Virginia. They have three grown children and three grandchildren. Kreutzer also holds local political experience as well. From January 2003 to December 2004, he served as mayor of Dayton, Virginia, a town of about 1,300 in Rockingham County near the West Virginia state line. Before that, he was a member of the Dayton Virginia Town Council for nine years.

Thomas Pyle, President of IER, issued the following statement:

“We are thrilled that David has joined the IER team. His expertise and reputation as one of the leading economists in the country will bolster IER’s role as the voice of reason in debates and discussions surrounding America’s energy and environmental policy. David shares IER’s commitment to free-markets, rejection of proposals that restrict access to affordable, reliable energy, and attempts to pick winners and losers in the marketplace.”

David Kreutzer added the following:

“IER punches well above its weight protecting energy consumers and workers in the fight against regulatory overreach. I am proud to work on their team to ensure America’s great progress on energy freedom continues.”



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