Jake Haulk, Ph.D.
Jake received his Ph.D. and M.A. in economics from Duke University and a B.S. in chemical engineering from N.C. State. Experience includes chemical process engineering, teaching at the university level, senior business economist with the Federal Reserve, head of regional research at Mellon Bank, research consultant, research director and managing director of the Allegheny Institute. Dr. Haulk is the author of many reports on issues affecting Western Pennsylvania's economy as well as analysis of the role and value of the nation's inland waterways system.
He can be reached via e-mail at
Frank Gamrat, Ph.D.
Senior Research Associate
Frank received his Ph.D. in economics from Clemson University and a B.S. in economics from St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Experience includes teaching at the university level and an operations research analyst for the federal government in Washington, DC. His areas of expertise include economic development, taxation, deregulation, merger analysis, and education. Papers include a study of the performance factors affecting Pennsylvania's school districts, the demand for taxicabs in Pittsburgh, private financing of sports arenas, and the implications of property tax reform and living wages in Allegheny County. He also authored a report on the effects of prevailing wages in Pennsylvania that was published in the Government Union Review
and his report on the factors that explain variability in Pennsylvania education has been included in the national ERIC database.
He can be reached via email at
Senior Policy Analyst
Eric received his M.A. in public policy analysis as well as a B.A. in political science from Duquesne University. Eric's research, media appearances, and testimony have covered such topics as economic development, property taxes, Pittsburgh's finances and oversight, and municipal pensions. His work on tax increment financing has received national attention. In addition to coverage in Pittsburgh media, his work has been published in Economic Development Quarterly
, Municipal Finance Journal
, Reason Privatization Watch,
and State Tax Notes
. He can be reached via email at