We’ve Expanded our Tax Modeling and State Teams

December 4, 2015

We are pleased to announce the addition of Nicole Kaeding to the Center for State Tax Policy, Kadri Kallas-Zelek and Alex Durante to its Taxes and Growth (TAG) modeling team. The Tax Foundation has grown substantially over the past few years, and the knowledge and experience our newest members bring will help carry that momentum into 2016 and beyond.

Nicole Kaeding is an Economist in the Tax Foundation’s Center for State Tax Policy. Prior to joining the Tax Foundation, Nicole worked as a budget analyst for the Cato Institute and as the state policy manager for Americans for Prosperity and Americans for Prosperity Foundation. She brings her rich experience of working on state fiscal issues with her to the Tax Foundation, where she will focus on producing timely state tax research for legislators, taxpayers, and reporters. Nicole received her Master’s in Economics and Policy Analysis from DePaul University’s Charles H. Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, and holds a B.S. in Finance and Political Science from Miami University (OH).

Kadri Kallas-Zelek is a Fellow on the Tax Foundation’s Taxes and Growth Modeling Team. Kadri worked as an Economist and Advisor at Eesti Pank, the Central Bank of Estonia, before joining the Tax Foundation. On the Tax Foundation’s Taxes and Growth modeling team, she is using her expertise to expand the TAG model to include new sectors of the economy. With her help, the team will be better able to model the sources of economic growth and capital expansion. Kadri received her PhD in Public Policy from George Mason University and her Master’s in Public Administration and Social Policy from the University of Tartu.

Alex Durante is a Fellow on the Tax Foundation’s Taxes and Growth Modeling Team. Alex is currently a candidate for a Master’s in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins University, and holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and philosophy from The College of New Jersey. At the Tax Foundation, he is developing a model of macroeconomic demand using a modified demand system, which will enable the team to include the effects of government spending on growth in TAG model estimates. Previously he worked as a student trainee for the USDA’s Economic Research Service, and as a fiscal and budget policy research intern at the Cato Institute.


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