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Dr. Richard W. Rahn is Director General of the Center for Global Economic Growth.

Dr. Rahn is a senior fellow of the Discovery Institute, and an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute, and an economic columnist. In the 1980s, Dr. Rahn served as Vice President and Chief Economist of the Chamber of Commerce of the United States. Previously, he was the Executive Director of the American Council for Capital Formation. He has advised senior government officials on tax and monetary policy matters in a number of countries, including Russia, Estonia, and Hungary. He served as the U.S. co-chairman of the Bulgarian Economic Growth and Transition Project in 1990. In 1982, President Reagan appointed Dr. Rahn as a member of the Quadrennial Social Security Advisory Council. During the 1988 Presidential campaign, he served as an economic advisor to President G.H.W. Bush.

Dr. Rahn is the founder of the Novecon companies, which include Sterling Semiconductor Inc. (now owned by Dow Corning), and Novecon Financial Ltd. which he still chairs. Professor Rahn taught at several universities including the Polytechnic University of New York, where he served as head of the graduate Department of Management.

Dr. Rahn has written hundreds of articles for newspapers and magazines such as the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, USA Today, American Spectator, National Review and The Weekly Standard; has contributed to numerous books and professional journals, and served as editior-in-chief of the Journal of Economic Growth. He is the author of the book The End of Money and the Struggle for Financial Privacy, and has testified before the U.S. Congress on economic issues more than seventy-five times. Dr. Rahn earned a Ph.D. in business economics from Columbia University (1972). He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws by Pepperdine University (1993).


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