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L. Douglas Lee founded Economics from Washington in 1999 after 16 years in the securities industry.  During that period, he served as Chief Economist for HSBC Securities, NatWest USA, and Washington Analysis Corporation. While employed by NatWest and HSBC, Dr. Lee was responsible for the US economic forecasting and policy analysis for their global research teams.

From 1981 to 1983, he was a senior economist at Data Resources Inc. and manager of their Defense Information Service.  Prior to that, he served as Chief Economist and Research Director for the Joint Economic Committee of Congress.  He has published numerous articles, is quoted regularly by major news organizations and magazines, and appears frequently on CNBC, CNN, Nightly Business Report, Bloomberg and Reuters.  He received his B.A. from Rice University, M.S.F.S. from Georgetown University, and Ph. D. from George Washington University