Kevin Hassett

Hassett was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 12th and sworn in as the 29th Chairman on September 13, 2017.

Prior to becoming Chairman of the CEA, he was an economist at the American Enterprise Institute since 1997. His most recent titles at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) included James Q. Wilson Chair in American Culture and Politics and Director of Research for Domestic Policy. He also served as Director of Economic Policy Studies and Resident Scholar from 2003 through 2014.

Prior to joining AEI, Hassett was a senior economist at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and an associate professor of economics and finance at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business of Columbia University. He has also served as a visiting professor at New York University’s Law School, as a consultant to the U.S. Treasury Department, and as an advisor to presidential campaigns. A noted expert in the field of public finance, Hassett has authored peer-reviewed articles in leading economics journals and has served as a columnist in leading media outlets. He received his bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College and his PhD in economics from the University of Pennsylvania.


Tomas Philipson

Philipson is on leave as the Daniel Levin Professor of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and the Director of the Health Economics Program of the Becker Friedman Institute at the University.  His research focuses on health economics. He has published peer-reviewed articles in leading academic journals and has twice won the highest honor of the field of health economics, the Kenneth Arrow Award of International Health Economics Association. He has also held senior positions at the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. In addition, he has served on the Key indicator Commission created by the Affordable Care Act, as an advisor to Congress on the 21st Century Cures legislation, and on the steering committee of the Cancer Moon Shot Initiative. He received his undergraduate degree in mathematics at Uppsala University in Sweden and his PhD in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Richard Burkhauser

Burkhauser is Emeritus Sarah Gibson Blanding Professor of Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University. Prior to coming to Cornell, he held tenured Professor positions in the Department of Economics at Syracuse University and at Vanderbilt University.  Most recently before joining the CEA he was a Professorial Research Fellow at the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, and a Senior Research Fellow at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.  A former President of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, Burkhauser’s professional career has focused on how public policies affect the economic behavior and well-being of vulnerable populations. He has published widely in peer-reviewed journals of economics and policy analysis. Burkhauser holds degrees in economics from St. Vincent College (BA), Rutgers University (MA) and the University of Chicago (PhD).

Chief Economists

Casey Mulligan, Chief Economist, is on leave from the University of Chicago where he applies price theory to the interpretation and prediction of major social and public policy changes.  His publications include the books Side Effects and Complications: The Economic Consequences of Health-care Reform, The Redistribution Recession: How Labor Market Distortions Contracted the Economy and articles “Selection, Investment, and Women’s Relative Wages over Time” and “Political Entry, Public Policies, and the Economy.” Casey received his PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago in 1993 and his B.A. in Economics from Harvard University in 1991.  He has also written numerous op-eds and blog entries for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, the Chicago Tribune,, and other blogs and periodicals.

Kevin Corinth, Chief Economist for Domestic Policy, specializes in poverty and housing issues. He received a B.A. from Boston College and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago.

Tyler Goodspeed, Chief Economist for Macroeconomic Policy, specializes in monetary economics, macroeconomics, and tax policy.  He received an AB, AM, and PhD from Harvard University, and an MPhil from the University of Cambridge.  Prior to joining the Council, he was on the faculties of the University of Oxford and King’s College London.

Chief of Staff

DJ Nordquist comes to CEA from at the Brookings Institution where she was Chief of Staff for the Economic Studies program. She also served in senior roles at HUD, the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Gulf Coast Rebuilding, the FDIC, and the U.S. Department of Education. She holds a B.A. from Stanford University and an MSJ from Northwestern University.

Senior Economists

Andre Barbe is a Senior Economist at CEA where he focuses on trade. Andre received his BA in math and economics from Tulane and PhD from Rice. He is currently on detail at the CEA from the International Trade Commission.

Steven Braun has been CEA’s Director of Macroeconomic Forecasting since 1996. Prior to his current position, Dr. Braun was a senior economist at the Council, a senior economist at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, and an economist at the OECD. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from Harvard University.

Blake Brown is at CEA working on agricultural issues.  Blake is on assignment from North Carolina State University where he is the Hugh C. Kiger Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics.  He has spent much of his career as a policy analyst working on farm policy, particularly tobacco policy.  He also develops and delivers programming in farm business management.  Blake holds a Ph.D. in Economics from North Carolina State University as well as a MS in Agricultural Economics and BS in Animal Science.

Rich Brown is on detail from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation where he served as Chief Economist and Deputy Director for Regulatory Analysis.  Prior to joining the FDIC, Rich held research positions at the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation, and the Resolution Trust Corporation, which are all now defunct.  Rich holds a BA from the University of Cincinnati and a PhD from The George Washington University, both in economics.

Donald Kenkel is a Senior Economist at CEA and specializes in health economics and cost-benefit analysis. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago. He is on leave from Cornell University, where he is the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Professor, Department of Policy Analysis and Management.

Jeff Larrimore’s primary research interests involve issues of income inequality and mobility, the financial well-being of low income families, and the implications of taxes and public transfers on the distribution of economic resources.  Prior to joining CEA, Jeff worked at the Federal Reserve Board, where he was the lead economist on the Survey of Household Economics and Decisionmaking, which explores the financial circumstances of U.S. families.  He also worked as an economist for the Joint Committee on Taxation, where he estimated the impacts of tax legislation on federal tax revenues.  He received his PhD in Economics from Cornell University and his B.A. in economics and political science from Davidson College.

Brett Matsumoto is at CEA working on labor and health issues. He is on detail from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, where he does research related to the measurement of medical prices in the Consumer and Producer Price Indexes. He received his PhD in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has a B.A. and a B.S. from the University of Delaware.

Nick Paulson is a Senior Economist at CEA working on trade and agriculture. He is on leave from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics. Paulson holds PhD and MS degrees in Economics from Iowa State University. His academic research program focuses on finance, risk, and agricultural and biofuels policy.

Anna Scherbina specializes in behavioral finance, empirical asset pricing, and real estate. She holds a PhD in finance from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and BA from New York University.

Jeremy Weber is a Senior Economist focusing on energy and environmental issues. He is on leave from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. He received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and later worked at the World Bank and the U.S. Federal government before joining the University of Pittsburgh where he teaches courses on energy and environmental policy and directs the Shale Gas Governance Center.

Joel Zinberg, MD, FACS, specializes in health care reform and the impact of law on the practice of medicine. He is also a practicing surgeon specializing in general surgery and surgical oncology at The Mount Sinai Hospital and is an associate clinical professor of surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. He has a J.D. from Yale Law School, an M.D. from the College of Physicians & Surgeons at Columbia University, and a B.A. from Swarthmore College.