Robert Greene

Robert Greene earned his MPP at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he pursued a concentration in international trade and finance. Prior to starting at Harvard, he was a project coordinator at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, and before that, was a research associate at Mercatus. Robert has numerous research papers, policy briefs, public interest comments, and opinion pieces on financial regulation, state labor market policy, the regulatory process, and public budgeting. He earned his BBA in finance and public policy magna cum laude from The College of William & Mary. Robert was a Frédéric Bastiat Fellow during the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Working Papers


Policy Briefs

Patrick McLaughlin, Robert Greene | Feb 26, 2014
We apply the methodology of RegData—which quantifies regulations using text analysis of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)—to objectively determine the number of new restrictions the Dodd-Frank Act has created and will create. We estimate that Dodd-Frank will increase financial industry regulatory restrictions by 32 percent once all of its rulemakings are finalized, yielding more new restrictions than were created between 1997 and 2010.
Keith Hall, Robert Greene | Sep 20, 2013
Virginia’s labor market is more troubled than its unemployment rate suggests. If labor force participation were at its 2007 level, the state’s unemployment rate would be as high as 8.6 percent. We estimate that 10 percent of Virginia’s workforce is indirectly employed by the federal government via federal contract expenditures. Excluding these jobs, private job loss in Virginia since 2007 is on par with the national average.
Keith Hall, Robert Greene | Jun 12, 2013
While the Great Recession had a moderately less severe impact on Pennsylvania than on the nation as a whole, the state’s recovery since the height of the recession has been slower than the national average. Sluggish economic growth is slowing the pace of the state’s labor market recovery.
Keith Hall, Robert Greene | May 09, 2013
If ­participation ­in ­the­ labor ­force­ by ­Ohioans ­today ­were ­at ­the ­same ­level­ as­ before ­the recession, ­Ohio’s ­unemployment ­rate ­would­ be­ significantly ­higher. ­Ohio’s ­decline ­in ­labor­ force participation­ has ­particularly ­harmed­ the ­labor ­market­ for­ Ohioans ­34­ and ­younger ­and­ has ­outpaced ­the national­ average. ­To ­improve ­Ohio’s ­labor ­market, ­policymakers­ should ­consider­ reducing ­the ­state’s regulatory ­and ­tax­ burdens, ­which ­may­ be­ hindering ­economic ­recovery­ and­ job­ creation.

Testimony & Comments

Research Summaries & Toolkits

Expert Commentary

Mar 20, 2014

Continuing to raise the minimum wage would cost Arizona the jobs it desperately needs and harm many of those who advocates intend to help. Instead, Arizona should reduce its severely stringent occupational licensing restrictions, which keep those who need a job out of work and hold back the state’s recovery.
Mar 03, 2014

President Obama recently chose Pennsylvania to tout his executive order raising the minimum wage for federal contractors. This comes as no surprise, considering a recent Franklin and Marshall poll finds one-third of Pennsylvanians view unemployment and the economy as the state's most important problem.
Sep 30, 2013

News headlines have been full of the Federal Reserve and the market's reaction to it, but now the 100-year-old institution has made it onto the big screen. The recently released documentary, "Money for Nothing," far from a tin-foil hat critique, approaches the Fed's flaws with a refreshing clarity, humor, even-handedness and level-headedness.
Sep 29, 2013

Virginia has weathered the labor market turmoil of the past five years much better than other states have. Its mid-year unemployment rate was 5.5 percent, compared to 7.6 percent nationally. But there are two distinct labor markets in Virginia — (1) persons employed directly or indirectly by the public sector, and (2) Virginia’s “real” private sector. While the former — highly concentrated in the suburbs of D.C. — prospered during the Great Recession and continues to flourish, the latter is struggling.

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