Joe Pickard serves as the Chief Economist and Director of Commodities at The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. where he conducts research and analysis on commodity and scrap market developments and the key economic role that recycling plays both in the U.S. and abroad. Pickard regularly provides information and insights on the primary and recycled iron and steel, nonferrous metal, paper, plastics and electronics markets to the 1,700 ISRI member companies as well as to industry associations, policymakers, the press and the general public. He is also a frequent contributor to Scrap magazine. Pickard previously served as the economist for The International Copper Study Group in Lisbon, Portugal and as a research analyst at Slayton & Associates, a consulting firm in Alexandria, VA. He holds a Masters degree in Economics from Virginia Tech and a Bachelors degree in Political Science from Loyola University Maryland.

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