Chase received his master’s degree in Applied Economics in May 2020, and after graduating, spent a little over a year working in state government as a fiscal analyst for the Montana legislature before joining JGRE. He wrote his master’s thesis focused on demand for outdoor recreation utilizing data from the Smith River float lottery in Montana. Other research work at MSU included projects researching liquor license auctions in Montana, historical public health issues and data, and agriculture impact and poverty reports for the MSU Ag extension office. His role while working for the Montana legislature was tax revenue forecasting, where he specialized in natural resource taxes, accommodations taxes and vehicle registration fees.
Chase has a background in applied microeconomics and quantitative research, and enjoys taking complex information and data and attempting to analyze, understand and report on it in a way that will make sense and be useful to clients and policy makers.
Chase’s hometown is Missoula, Montana and he received his BS in Economics from Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon before returning to Montana and receiving his master’s at Montana State University. When not working, Chase can be found outside on the river or in the mountains fly fishing, biking, skiing or hiking.