Richard Fry
Senior Economist


  • Race and diversity

Richard Fry is a senior economist at the Pew Research Center. He conducts research on school and college enrollment in the United States, returns to education, and trends in household income, assets and debt. Fry’s analyses are largely empirical, as he has extensive expertise analyzing U.S. Census Bureau and other federal data collections. Before joining the Pew Research Center in 2002, he was a senior economist at the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Fry received his doctorate in economics from the University of Michigan. Current research topics include the role of education in the economic and living arrangements of young American adults and the demographics of the nation’s wealth. His research has been published in numerous journals, including the American Economic Review and the Industrial and Labor Relations Review. Recent research has been highlighted in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Marketplace, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, Bloomberg Surveillance, and other news outlets.