February 17, 2022

Steven Byers, Ph.D. Joins CSI as Senior Economist Byers: From crime to homelessness to education, CSI has had an outsized impact on the policies facing Colorado

Denver, CO – “We are pleased to announce Steven Byers as CSI’s Senior Economist,” said Common Sense Institute (CSI) President & CEO Kristin Strohm.

Founded in 2010, CSI’s mission is to provide citizens with the resources they need to make informed decisions about the future of their families and to empower state lawmakers to shape policy discussions with sound fiscal and economic research.

“CSI has established a track record of success built on the premise that when people have solid information, they are more likely to make sound choices,” continued Strohm.  “Steven is a seasoned economist and has a wealth of experience modeling fiscal impacts. He will expand CSI’s capacity to deliver data driven analysis and spark common sense public policy.”

“I’m delighted to join the CSI team. From crime to homelessness to education, CSI has had an outsized impact on the policies facing Colorado,” said Byers. “I’m looking forward to expanding our research and providing the analysis and facts that drive policy and improve our state.”

Steven Byers, Ph.D. Prior to joining CSI Steven spent three years working for the Coalition for a Prosperous America, a nonprofit organization consisting of manufacturing, agricultural, labor, consumer, and citizen interest groups, where he conducted research on the U.S. economy, international trade, and tariffs. Highlights of this research include a paper titled, “Decoupling from China – An Economic Analysis of the Impact on the U.S. Economy of a Permanent Tariff on Chinese Imports” for which he and a co-author won the National Association for Business Economics Edmund A. Mennis Contributed Paper Award.

Steven’s experience as an economist spans twenty-three years, including work at federal regulatory agencies (SEC, CFTC, PCAOB) and quantitative economic analysis supporting international trade litigation cases brought before the U.S. International Trade Commission. His work at CSI is an extension of his graduate work studying the Colorado economy. His Ph.D. dissertation topic was based on a computable general equilibrium model (CGE) he developed to evaluate the economic impact of regional tax incentives in a Fort Collins, CO.


Common Sense Institute is a non-partisan research organization dedicated to the protection and promotion of Colorado’s economy. CSI is at the forefront of important discussions concerning the future of free enterprise in Colorado and aims to have an impact on the issues that matter most to Coloradans. CSI’s mission is to examine the fiscal impacts of policies, initiatives, and proposed laws so that Coloradans are educated and informed on issues impacting their lives.