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Douglas Holtz-Eakin

American Action Forum


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Douglas Holtz-Eakin has an international reputation as a scholar of applied economic policy, econometric methods, and entrepreneurship. He is the president of the American Action Forum, an independent, nonprofit organization that seeks to educate the public about the complex policy choices facing the country.



Previously he was a commissioner on the congressionally chartered Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission and director of domestic and economic policy for John McCain’s presidential campaign. Before that, he was director of the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, where he addressed the 2003 tax cuts, the Medicare prescription drug bill, and Social Security reform. Dr. Holtz-Eakin also served as chief economist and a senior staff economist on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. Prior to that, he held several positions at Syracuse University and also taught at Columbia University. He has a bachelor’s degree from Dension University and a doctorate from Princeton University.

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