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Gary Wagner

Vice President and Senior Regional Officer

Gary Wagner is vice president and senior regional officer of the Cincinnati Branch Office at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. Dr. Wagner is responsible for managing the Reserve Bank’s regional stakeholder relationships in central and southern Ohio and eastern Kentucky. He also has responsibility for monitoring the region’s economic environment and conducting economic research and analysis. His research interests range from regional economics to state and local public tax structures and from rainy day funds to borrowing costs and pension systems.

Before joining the Cleveland Reserve Bank, Dr. Wagner served as a regional economic advisor in the Research Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, where he conducted applied research on regional and public finance issues. Prior to that, he was a professor of economics at Old Dominion University, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Duquesne University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Wagner has authored or coauthored more than 40 economics and finance articles on topics ranging from revenue cycles to state budget funds and public-sector savings, many of which have appeared in leading journals. He received Duquesne University’s College of Business Distinguished Research Award as well as Public Finance Review’s Outstanding Paper Award. Dr. Wagner served as a member of the Arkansas Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors from 2008—2011 and as a participant in the Survey of Professional Forecasters from 2013—2015.

Dr. Wagner holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Youngstown State University, and an MA and PhD in economics from West Virginia University.