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.


Experience

  • Senior Economist, 1995-97; Economist, 1992-95, Division of Research and Statistics, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
  • Associate Professor, 1993-94; Assistant Professor, 1989-93, Graduate School of Business, Columbia University

Education

Ph.D., economics, University of Pennsylvania
B.A., with honors, economics, Swarthmore College