- The Washington Times - Monday, January 27, 2003

Gerald P. O'Driscoll doesn't want to settle into a single job. The international economist has spent the past six years jumping from one nonprofit to another, taking on multiple tasks at a time.
"I absolutely love being able to support the way free markets work," says Mr. O'Driscoll, 55, whose current career stop is returning to the libertarian think tank Cato Institute as a senior fellow.
Mr. O'Driscoll returns to the D.C. economic foundation after a stint with the Heritage Foundation, the conservative think tank. He served as director of the foundation's center of international trade and economics since 1999.
He was also senior editor of the Index of Economic Freedom, an annual Heritage publication.
"I was basically doing two jobs at Heritage, because one was working full time in managing a staff to do research, and then the other was helping to put out a massive publication," Mr. O'Driscoll says. "It was a great job, but it got pretty tiring."
Mr. O'Driscoll served as a senior fellow with Cato from 1994 to 1999. He will have the same role for Cato in the coming months, primarily conducting research on international trade issues such as free-trade agreements with Chile and Singapore.
"The Cato role has always been a side job I've taken on because I like what the organization represents and that I'm working with similar-minded people," he says.
Before Cato, Mr. O'Driscoll was vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank in Dallas. "That job got my feet wet in domestic economic issues like banking regulations, tax plans and Social Security reform that eventually led to concentrating on trade relations," he says.
Edward Crane, Cato president, says Mr. O'Driscoll will be a forefront researcher for the foundation's annual survey of economic liberty.
In addition to participating in research and Cato panel discussions, Mr. O'Driscoll plans to broaden his speaking tours internationally.
He already is booked through fall, with the first speaking engagement set in March at the Francisco Marroquin University in Guate-mala. "This new switch has really given me a tremendous amount of free time to do a lot of commitments I've had to turn down for the last four years."
Mr. O'Driscoll lives in Fairfax County with his wife, Maralene Martin.

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