Seth Payton, PhD is a research associate for the Center for Business and Economic Research at Ball State University. He has more than 25 years experience in public policy research; his work has been published in journals such as Public Finance Review, State and Local Government Review, Social Science Research, the Journal of Urban Affairs, the Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy, and Energy Policy.
Payton has performed a variety of economic and financial analysis for the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. His previous roles include economist/senior fiscal analyst at the Indiana Legislative Service Agency's Office of Fiscal and Management Analysis, faculty researcher/senior policy analyst at the Indiana University Public Policy Institute, and grants analyst for the City of Indianapolis.
Payton is a triple alumnus of Indiana University, holding a doctorate in public affairs, a master's of public administration, and a bachelor's in public affairs.