1/24/13: Robert Litan, Bloomberg Government: "Deficit Outlook and Negotiating Reductions"

  • 24 Jan 2013
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Chinatown Garden Restaurant 618 H St NW


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Robert Litan

Director of Research

Bloomberg Government


"Deficit Outlook and Negotiating Reductions"

Robert Litan became the director of research at Bloomberg Government in August 2012.  He will address the NEC about the short and long term deficit outlooks, and the ongoing negotiations over deficit reduction. He will also describe the activities of Bloomberg Government and how it uses economic analysis to inform its subscribers about the impacts of government decision on business.

Robert E. Litan is the Director of Research at Bloomberg Government in Washington, D.C. Litan oversees a team of analysts that produce studies, reports and insights on the business impacts of government actions across a variety of subject areas.

Prior to Bloomberg Government he was Vice President for Research and Policy at the Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City and a Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution. At Kauffman, Dr. Litan oversaw a multi-million budget for academic research relating to entrepreneurship and writes extensively about topics related to entrepreneurship, innovation and economic growth (including the legal environment conductive to all of these). At Brookings, Litan pursued a wide-ranging research agenda, which included topics in regulation, financial institutions, telecommunications, and general economic policy.

Dr. Litan has won two awards for his research. In 2011, he was awarded the inaugural Massey Prize ($50,000) for excellence in research on capital markets and innovation by the University of Texas Law School. In 2001, Stanford awarded him its Zale Prize for excellence in public policy research.

During his career, Dr. Litan has authored or co-authored over 25 books, edited another 14, and authored or co-authored over 200 articles in journals, magazines and newspapers on a broad range of public policy issues. His latest book is Better Capitalism (co-authored with Carl Schramm), was published by Yale University Press in the fall of 2012. He is also the author of Good Capitalism, Bad Capitalism, Economic Growth and Prosperity (with William Baumol and Carl Schramm, Yale University Press, 2007.


Dr. Litan has been a lecturer in banking law at the Yale Law School, has taught various economics and law subjects to over 1,000 state judges (as part of the Judicial Education Program, first at the Brookings Institution and now at Northwestern Law School), and co-taught a course in economic growth in post-conflict situations at the Command General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth in the spring of 2010.

He co-authored two Congressionally-mandated studies for the Treasury Department on the role of the Community Reinvestment Act after the Financial Modernization Act of 1999. During 1996-97 he has served as a consultant to the Treasury Department and was the lead author of its report to Congress on the future of the financial services industry (American Finance in the 21rst Century), and in 1998-99 he was the main author of the Report of President’s Commission to Study Capital Budgeting. In 1998, he also chaired the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Assessing the Costs of Natural Disasters, which produced a report The Impacts of Natural Disasters: A Framework for Loss Estimation.

Dr. Litan also has served in several capacities in the federal government.  During 1995 and 1996, he was Associate Director of the Office of Management and Budget (where he was responsible for overseeing budgetary and other policies of six cabinet agencies).  From 1993 to 1995, he was Deputy Assistant Attorney General, in charge of civil antitrust litigation and regulatory issues.  From 1977 to 1979, he was the regulatory and legal staff specialist at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers.  In the early 1990s, Dr. Litan was a Member of the Commission on the Causes of the Savings and Loan Crisis.

Dr. Litan received his B.S. in Economics (summa cum laude) from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania; his J.D. from Yale Law School; and both his M. Phil. and Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University.

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