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Ryan Olson

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The Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity at The Heritage Foundation

Ryan Olson is a Research Associate in The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Trade and Economics.  He researches and writes on a range of issues, including international economics and development, economic freedom, and trade.  In addition, Olson helps to write, edit, and promote Heritage’s premier annual publication, the Index of Economic Freedom.

Most recently Olson’s writing has focused on preferential trade agreements and trade facilitation.  He has contributed to research that has been cited by The Wall Street Journal, and his articles have been published by Real Clear Politics and Heritage’s online news outlet The Daily Signal.

In 2010, Olson began his career as a volunteer English teacher in the country of Georgia.  There he worked with English teachers and the government in the Samtskhe-Javakheti region to promote English language skills in local schools.  Following his work overseas, Olson worked as a Staff Assistant in the Washington D.C. Office of then-Congressman Cory Gardner.

Olson holds a master’s degree in International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University’s School of Public Policy.  He received a graduate certificate in International NGO Management and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from James Madison University.  In 2013 he was selected for a conference scholarship by the National Association of Business Economics.  An avid traveler, Olson has visited 15 countries on four continents and has studied Spanish and Georgian.

He lives with his wife Allison in Alexandria, VA.

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