HERMOSA BEACH, Calif. — Jacob Meyer, of Hermosa Beach, California, (SHS ‘09) recently earned an Interfield Ph.D. in Economics and Political Science from Claremont Graduate University, a program that offers an interdisciplinary approach in the studies of economics, politics, and policy.
Meyer is the son of Chris and Chris Meyer, of Sidney. He is a 2009 graduate of Sidney High School.
After graduating from Sidney High School, Meyer attended Ohio University for his undergraduate studies, where he majored in Economics and Political Science. While there he received the Gateway Excellence Scholarship and was the president of Phi Kappa Tau.
Following gradation from Ohio University, Meyer spent the summer interning on Capital Hill with U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan before beginning an academic fellowship at Claremont Graduate University, where he focused on International Money and Finance and Global Political Economy as his two fields.
Meyer finished his coursework a year ago and moved to candidacy for his Ph.D. in February. He wrote his dissertation on the role of political institutional constraints in crisis probability for the three main forms of financial crisis – sovereign debt, currency, and banking. Meyer recently finished defending his dissertation to successfully earn his Ph.D.
He is currently a research associate at the Claremont Institute for Economic Policy Studies. In conjunction with Tom Willett, the former head of the research division of the U.S. Treasury Department, and John Rutledge, an economic adviser to Presidents Reagan and Bush, Meyer works to analyze the link between credit booms, capital inflows, and banking crises in order to evaluate systemic risk and predict crises.
Meyer taught Advanced Mathematics for Political Scientists, a Ph.D. course for first year students focusing on Matrix Algebra and Calculus I, II, and II, at Claremont Graduate University this past spring. He currently teaches international finance and macroeconomics to third and fourth year undergraduates; at a broader level, he also teaches how to effectively take data and generate valid conclusions based on the analysis of it.
“At the undergraduate level, I teach courses that are a mixture of applied math, research design, and using data analysis programs,” said Meyer. “At the graduate level I teach research design, or rather how to structure an analysis to ensure your results are valid.”
Meyer was recently named a 2016 Top Writer on Quora.com, where he received over half a million page views, primarily writing on economic phenomena or economics related current events.