Cary Balser grew up in Charleston, SC before attending and graduating from the Air Force Academy in 2008 with a BS in Mathematics. He served and is still serving in the Air Force as an Operations Research Scientific Analyst. In 2012, Cary graduated from George Mason University with a MA in Economics and returned to teach economics as a junior military faculty member at the Air Force Academy. Cary was selected by the Air Force to pursue a PhD in economics and will return to service afterwards. His is most interested in applied micro research especially labor, family, and behavioral economics.