J. Scott Moody has worked as a Public Policy Economist for over 18 years. He is the author, co-author and editor of 170 studies and books. He has testified before the House Ways and Means Committee of the U.S. Congress as well as various state legislatures. His work has appeared in Forbes, CNN Money, State Tax Notes, Portland Press Herald, New Hampshire’s Union Leader, Hartford Courant, The Oklahoman, and Albuquerque Journal.
He was formerly the CEO and Chief Economist of the State Policy Network (SPN) affiliated think tank Maine Heritage Policy Center. He is the creator of the Family Prosperity Index housed at the American Conservative Union Foundation. Moody is a Senior Fellow at the American Conservative Union Foundation, Illinois Policy Institute and the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs. He currently serves on the board and is co-founder of the Granite Institute, the SPN affiliated think tank in New Hampshire.
His professional experience includes positions as Senior Economist at Tax Foundation and Senior Economist at Heritage Foundation. Additionally, Scott was appointed to Maine’s Consensus Economic Forecasting Commission by Governor Paul LePage (R) in January 2011.
Moody is the original creator of the Tax Foundation’s popular State Business Tax Climate Index, now in its fifteenth year of publication and nominated as a finalist for the Templeton Freedom Prize.
Moody received his Master of Arts in Economics from George Mason University.