Christopher McLaren

Associate Principal

Christopher McLaren is an associate principal in the Labor & Employment Practice of CRA.

Dr. McLaren specializes in applied economic analysis and has experience working in consulting, for government agencies, and research organizations. Prior to joining CRA, he was a senior economist in Welch Consulting’s Washington, DC office. His work focuses on issues related to pay equity and discrimination in employment practices, as well as wage and hour claims. He provided litigation-related support and proactive employment consulting to clients in the public sector, health care, and IT industries.

Before joining Welch Consulting, he was a senior economist at the US Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy where he performed research on disability employment, managed data collection efforts, and worked with the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy to assess the impact of regulatory changes on litigation costs. He also led the workers’ compensation research at the National Academy of Social Insurance and developed national estimates of workers’ compensation benefits, costs, and coverage.

Dr. McLaren received his PhD in Policy Analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School where he specialized in labor economics, and an MA in Economics from San Diego State University. While pursuing his doctorate he worked as an associate policy analyst at the RAND Corporation, primarily within the Institute for Civil Justice and the Center for Health and Safety in the Workforce, to provide rigorous, data-driven analyses to policymakers.