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Avik writes about: Economics, Health, Politics

Avik Roy is the President of the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity (FREOPP.org), a nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank that conducts original research on expanding opportunity to those who least have it. Roy’s work has been praised widely on both the right and the left. National Review has called him one of the nation’s “sharpest policy minds,” while the New York Times’ Paul Krugman described him as man of “personal and moral courage.”

He has advised three presidential candidates on policy, including Marco Rubio, Rick Perry, and Mitt Romney. As the Senior Advisor to Perry’s campaign in 2015, Roy was also the lead author of Gov. Perry’s major policy speeches. The Wall Street Journal called Perry’s address on intergenerational black poverty “the speech of the campaign so far.”

Roy also serves as the Policy Editor at Forbes, where he writes on politics and policy. His writing has also appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Atlantic, National Review, and National Affairs, among other publications. He is a frequent guest on television news programs, including appearances on Fox News, Fox Business, CNN, NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, Bloomberg, CBS, PBS, and HBO.

Previously, Roy served as an analyst and portfolio manager at Bain Capital, J.P. Morgan, and other firms, where he invested in biotechnology and health care companies. He was educated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he studied molecular biology, and the Yale University School of Medicine.

A debate about how best to achieve equal opportunity isn’t a debate about good vs. evil. It’s a debate among people with shared values, one that can be improved with evidence and expanded with new ideas.


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