Dr. Robert MacKay

Managing Economist

Dr. Robert MacKay is a Managing Economist whose background spans the fields of litigation consulting, public policy, and academic research.

With an expertise in applied microeconomics and econometrics, Dr. MacKay has supported expert witnesses in complex litigation in the areas of antitrust, finance, and other business matters.  He has experience in a variety of industries, including pharmaceuticals, healthcare, chemicals, multimedia marketing, and residential mortgage-backed securities.

Aside from economic consulting, Dr. MacKay worked as a Public Finance Economist at the U.S. Government Accountability Office.  He helped conduct performance audits of tax policy issues and the Internal Revenue Service.

Dr. MacKay’s academic publications focus on public employee retirement systems, unfunded pension liabilities, municipal bankruptcy, and local government finances.  Dr. MacKay currently serves as a lecturer of microeconomic theory and public economics at Johns Hopkins University.  He has also taught courses in econometrics at Utah State University.

Referee Experience

Dr. MacKay has served as a referee for:

  • National Tax Journal

Publications & Presentations

“The Impact of Fiscal Stress on Local Government Fiscal Structures:  An Event Study of the Orange County Bankruptcy.”  Public Budgeting & Finance 37(2), 102-124.

“Implicit Debt Capitalization in Local Housing Prices:  An Example of Unfunded Pension Liabilities.”  National Tax Journal 67(1), 77-112.

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