Richard Alm has been writer-in-residence for the O’Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom since 2010. He was previously the senior economics writer at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Alm has also worked for The Dallas Morning News, U.S. News & World Report, and The Arizona Republic. He holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and bachelor’s degree in economics from Florida State University. Alm is co-author with W. Michael Cox, the O’Neil Center’s founding director, of the book Myths of Rich & Poor: Why We’re Better Off Than We Think (1999).
At the O’Neil Center, Alm has been co-author with Dr. Cox of the center’s highly acclaimed series of annual report essays, including this most recent on “Texico: The Texas-Mexico Economy and its Uncertain Future.” As part of Texas Economic Freedom project, he’s been researching the historical, political and cultural forces that made the Texas economy what it is today. While at SMU, his writings have also appeared in D CEO magazine, Investor’s Business Daily, Journal of Private Enterprise, Regulation and the Bush Institute book The 4% Solution.
He’s made presentations on O’Neil Center research at conferences sponsored by the Association of Private Enterprise Education and the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Alm has served as president of the SMU Faculty Club since July 2015.