Ronald M. Nate, PhD, MA, is a professor of economics at BYU-Idaho. He specializes in applied microeconomics, public economics, quantitative methods, economics of education, poverty economics, and public choice. He has been teaching for a combined 26 years, beginning at the University of Connecticut, Ohio University-Eastern, and the last 17 years at BYU-Idaho. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, Ron studied at the University of Utah, and earned a Ph.D. in economics at the University of Connecticut. He serves in the Idaho House of Representatives (2014-2018, 2020-present) and was appointed to the Idaho Judicial Council, chaired the Idaho Republican Presidential Caucus in 2012, and is currently on the Board of Scholars at the Foundation for Economics Education. Ron and his wife, Maria, have four children.