Alan Hooper is a Senior Research Associate at Beacon Economics, LLC. Mr. Hooper is responsible for supporting the firm’s principal research projects including conducting econometric analysis, working with Beacon’s proprietary statewide and national forecast models, and managing a wide variety of complex databases. He has extensive experience using economic and econometric software programs including STATA and SPSS. Mr. Hooper previously served as an Assistant Director at Southern Regional Model United Nations where he researched United Nations policy and moderated debates on a wide range of global economic issues. He also conducted graduate level research on Federal government policies related to crop insurance while a Graduate Research Assistant at Clemson University. This work included designing qualitative surveys to assess participants’ use of different risk management techniques. Mr. Hooper holds M.A and B.A. degrees in Economics from Clemson University.