At ERG, our economic projects often take us into uncharted territory where standard, regularly collected data are few or unavailable and the analytic path to answer our client’s questions is not obvious. This is exactly where I like to be! I find it deeply satisfying to explore new territory, address unique challenges, and use my expertise and creativity to develop approaches that provide meaningful, defensible results.
A senior economist at ERG since 1995 (and an ERG vice president), Dr. Calvin Franz performs research and regulatory impact analyses for a wide range of federal and private clients. His work continually exposes him to economic issues associated with a wide range of industries, subindustries, products, and technologies. He particularly enjoys developing analytic models to answer clients’ questions in areas that require unique solutions. Examples include using a random effects model of matched case-control data to estimate the cost of iatrogenic injuries in hospital critical care units, and developing Monte Carlo simulations to estimate confidence intervals for the national cost of adverse events and redundant tests to the U.S. healthcare system.
Cal received his B.A. from Gordon College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from Indiana University. Outside work, he enjoys spending time with his family, travel, kayaking, and reading—especially on a porch with a magnificent view.