Dr. Safir is the President of Recon Research Corporation,
an economic advisory firm based in Los Angeles. Earlier in his career, Dr. Safir
held a variety of jobs in federal and state government.
In 1972, Dr. Safir worked on the staff of the Presidentís Council of Economic
Advisers in Washington. Following that, he spent a year on the White House
staff. In both these positions he had great access, virtually no responsibility
and a really good time.
Dr. Safir next moved to the Department of Justice, where he investigated white
collar crime and antitrust abuses. Sadly, he made no more than a minimal impact
In 1975, Dr. Safir became the Deputy Director of the Office of International
Energy Policy at the U.S. Treasury. In this capacity he was responsible for
assisting in the negotiation of multilateral energy treaties, primarily in
Paris, a city to which Dr. Safir reluctantly traveled about 26 times a year for
the next 2 years (hey, someone had to do it).
After an unfortunate incident involving a large truffle hound and slab of fois
gras (donít ask), Dr. Safir resigned his federal position in late 1977, got
married, switched coasts and ended up as the Chief Business Economist for the
State of California.
In May of 1980, a coalition of irate labor unions, disgruntled business
owners and concerned state representatives suggested Dr. Safir should try the
private sector. In June, 1980, Dr. Safir founded Recon, mainly to get even.
Dr. Safir and his wife, Maralee Beck, split their time between California and
Colorado. They have two children, Zach and Erika. The first is a graduate of
Yale University and now attends Columbia Law School. The second is a recent
graduate of Trinity College in Hartford Connecticut.
Somehow Dr. Safir was awarded a BA degree from the University of Colorado at
Boulder in 1969 (with distinction, Phi Beta Kappa), a Masters degree in economic
theory from Tufts University in 1970, and a Ph.D in Economics from Tufts in
1975. He is truly amazed.
Dr. Safir can be contacted at
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