Luke Pardue is an Economist at Gusto, a payroll and HR platform for small and medium-sized businesses. He obtained his PhD in economics from the University of Maryland and, before joining Gusto, worked at the Federal Reserve Board and the US Census Bureau. His research focuses on finding policies and practices that help businesses, workers, and their families thrive. His work has been published in the Journal of Economic Perspectives and American Economic Association: Papers and Proceedings, and it has been featured in outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal. Luke currently resides in Washington, DC.