Peter provides overall supervision for research activities. He is directly involved in research, writing and outreach on state tax and budget issues, economic development policy, and work supports. He is also responsible for the biennial Cost of Living in Iowa reports. He has been a part of Common Good Iowa and its predecessor, the Iowa Policy Project, since 2000.
Peter holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Peter is professor emeritus of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Iowa where he taught for over three decades.
Peter also runs Turkey Creek Orchard with his wife; they supply apples, peaches, pears and jam to CSA members in Johnson County.