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Logan Kolas

Economic Policy Analyst

Logan Kolas is an economic policy analyst with the Economic Research Center at The Buckeye Institute where he researches and writes about state and local taxes, state-level budgets, technology and innovation policy, and labor market issues.

Kolas has conducted state-level tax modeling and budget research for states such as Iowa, Louisiana, New Hampshire, and North Carolina. He has authored policy papers, book chapters, blog posts, and op-eds on how creating regulatory sandboxes can bring technological innovation to the heartland, the effects of federal and state labor market policies on work, and the impact of regulations and government spending on the economy. He is the author of Policy Solutions for More Innovation: Build a Regulatory Sandbox for Financial Technology Innovators and has conducted multiple analyses estimating the number of state-level jobs lost to a $15 per hour minimum wage.

Kolas has testified to legislative committees on free-market policy and his commentary has been published by Crain’s Cleveland Business, The Lima News, St. Louis Post Dispatch, Daily Signal, and the Foundation for Economic Education, amongst others. 

Prior to joining Buckeye, Kolas was a research associate at the Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies at the Cato Institute, where his research focused on how employment is impacted by international trade, the effect of international trade taxes on state and federal government policies, and the regulatory burden imposed by government on American businesses and families. 

Kolas is native of Cincinnati and throughout his career has focused on researching Ohio-related policies. He earned his Bachelor of Science in economics and political science from George Washington University and holds a Master of Science in applied economics from the University of Maryland.