AEI senior fellow Kevin A. Hassett named to John G. Searle Chair

December 18, 2012

American Enterprise Institute president Arthur C. Brooks announced today that AEI senior fellow and director of economic policy studies Kevin A. Hassett has been named to the Institute’s John G. Searle Chair. At AEI, Hassett studies the US economy, tax and fiscal policy, and the federal budget.

“I couldn’t be more pleased to name Kevin to this chair. As one of our nation’s foremost experts on economic and tax policy and one of AEI’s most prolific scholars, Kevin embodies the chair’s vision and purposes to study and promote those values that permit the free society to function and flourish,” said Brooks. “Kevin’s empirical research is consistently relied upon and referenced by policymakers, journalists, business leaders, and other academics, bearing significant impact on the policy debates,” continued Brooks.

Before joining AEI in 1997, Hassett was a senior economist on the Board of Governors of the US Federal Reserve System, an associate professor of economics and finance at Columbia Business School, and a policy consultant to the US Department of the Treasury during the George H. W. Bush and Clinton administrations. He served as an economic adviser during George W. Bush’s 2004 presidential campaign, as chief economic adviser to Senator John McCain during the 2000 presidential primaries, as senior economic adviser during the McCain 2008 presidential campaign, and as an economic adviser during the Romney 2012 presidential campaign. The author of countless books, journal articles, and op-eds (including a regular column for National Review), Hassett will release an edited volume this month that explains how the American economy can compete in a dynamic world.

“It is an honor to hold the chair at AEI bearing the Searle name,” said Hassett. “The Searle family has made possible some of AEI’s best work on economics, tax, and fiscal policy, for which my colleagues and I are enormously grateful. I will work to uphold John G. Searle’s legacy by helping to restore the principles of personal responsibility and limited government that our Founding Fathers established.”

The John G. Searle Chair at AEI was established in 1998 by Searle Family Trust founder Daniel C. Searle. John G. Searle was the grandson of the founder of the worldwide pharmaceutical company G. D. Searle & Company. The chair was most recently held by the eminent legal scholar Michael S. Greve, now a visiting scholar at AEI and a full-time professor at George Mason School of Law.

Hassett can be reached at khassett@aei.org or through his assistant, Emma Bennett, at emma.bennett@aei.org or 202.862.5862.

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Kevin A.
Hassett
  • Kevin A. Hassett is the State Farm James Q. Wilson Chair in American Politics and Culture at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). He is also a resident scholar and AEI's director of economic policy studies.



    Before 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) Business School. He served as a policy consultant to the US Department of the Treasury during the George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations.

    Hassett has also been an economic adviser to presidential candidates since 2000, when he became the chief economic adviser to Senator John McCain during that year's presidential primaries. He served as an economic adviser to the George W. Bush 2004 presidential campaign, a senior economic adviser to the McCain 2008 presidential campaign, and an economic adviser to the Mitt Romney 2012 presidential campaign.

    Hassett is the author or editor of many books, among them "Rethinking Competitiveness" (2012), "Toward Fundamental Tax Reform" (2005), "Bubbleology: The New Science of Stock Market Winners and Losers" (2002), and "Inequality and Tax Policy" (2001). He is also a columnist for National Review and has written for Bloomberg.

    Hassett frequently appears on Bloomberg radio and TV, CNBC, CNN, Fox News Channel, NPR, and "PBS NewsHour," among others. He is also often quoted by, and his opinion pieces have been published in, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.

    Hassett has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in economics from Swarthmore College.

  • Phone: 202-862-7157
    Email: khassett@aei.org
  • Assistant Info

    Name: Emma Bennett
    Phone: 202-862-5862
    Email: emma.bennett@aei.org

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