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I am the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Professor of Public Affairs at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Center for Policy Research, and an affiliated scholar at the Tax Policy Center (TPC). My research focuses on federal tax and budget policy. In 2002, I co-founded the TPC, which I directed until 2009. I served several stints in government, including as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Tax Analysis at the US Treasury and Senior Analyst at the Congressional Budget Office. I was president of the National Tax Association from 2010-2011. I have a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. from Wesleyan University.
My commentaries have appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times, LA Times, Houston Chronicle, Newsday, Christian Science Monitor, Syracuse Post-Standard, CNNMoney, and the public radio programs Marketplace and Morning Edition. I have been interviewed on various national and regional news programs, including CBS Sunday Morning (cover story), The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer (PBS), Washington Journal (C-Span), Lou Dobbs Moneyline (CNN), Nightly Business Report (PBS), Capital Report (CNBC), Your World with Neil Cavuto (Fox), BBC World, all the network news programs as well as Bloomberg TV, CNNfn,CNN, CNBC, and Fox cable news programs. I have appeared as a radio: guest on Fresh Air (PBS), Kojo Nnamdi Show (WAMU), Diane Rehm Show (WAMU), Iowa Talks (WSUI), Midmorning (MPR), On Point (PBS), Conversations with Joy Cardin (WI public radio), and I've been interviewed on All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Marketplace, Capitol Press Room, and numerous regional stations.
I have four adult kids, an incredibly adorable granddaughter, and am married to my college sweetheart, Missie Burman. I'm an avid bicyclist. Biked across the United States in 2005 with my son, Paul, to raise money for Partners In Health, an incredible NGO that provides first-world health care to some of the poorest people in the world. (We raised $108,000.) I sing baritone in the Syracuse Oratorio Society and I love to cook.