About Full Stack Economics

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Full Stack Economics is a newsletter by Timothy B. Lee and Alan Cole focused on economics, technology, and public policy. We plan to explore these issues in an interdisciplinary way, drawing on our diverse backgrounds to understand the connections between the different systems and institutions that make up a modern economy.

Full Stack Economics is financially and editorially independent, with no outside investors or donors. Our goal is to get 100 percent of our financial support from readers. We both live in Washington DC.


Timothy B. Lee is a reporter who has written about technology, economics, and public policy for more than a decade. He joined the Washington Post in 2013 to lead a team covering tech policy.

The next year he left the Post along with Ezra Klein and several other Post staffers to launch Vox.com. From 2014 to 2017, he led Vox's coverage of technology and business. He also wrote extensively about economic policy, including monetary policy and housing issues. From 2017 to 2021, he covered tech policy, artificial intelligence, and the future of transportation for Ars Technica.

Earlier in his career, Tim wrote about policy issues for the Cato Institute and freelanced for a variety of publications, including Reason, Ars Technica, Slate, and the New York Times.

He earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Minnesota and a master's degree in computer science from Princeton. While at Princeton, he was the co-creator of RECAP, a browser extension that helps people share paywalled public documents from the federal judiciary. The software is still widely used by lawyers, journalists, and non-profit organizations.

You can email him at tim@fullstackeconomics.com.


Alan Cole served as a senior economist with the Joint Economic Committee of the US Congress , where he advised Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and published reports on issues ranging from monetary policy to housing to the economics of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Before that he served as an economist at Tax Foundation, where he wrote code for Tax Foundation's tax model. During the 2016 presidential campaign he used the model to advise over a dozen presidential campaigns. He also used it to advise members of the House Ways and Means Committee on tax policy proposals—including what eventually became the 2017 tax reform.

Alan holds an MBA from The Wharton School with a dual major in Finance and in Business Economics and Public Policy, and a BA in Economics from Yale University.

You can email him at alan@fullstackeconomics.com.


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