Alex Brill is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he studies the impact of tax policy on the US economy as well as the fiscal, economic, and political consequences of tax, budget, health care, retirement security, and trade policies. He also works on health care reform, pharmaceutical spending and drug innovation, and unemployment insurance reform. Brill is the author of a pro-growth proposal to reduce the corporate tax rate to 25 percent, and “The Real Tax Burden: More than Dollars and Cents” (2011), coauthored with Alan D. Viard. He has testified numerous times before Congress on tax policy, labor markets and unemployment insurance, Social Security reform, fiscal stimulus, the manufacturing sector, and biologic drug competition.

Before joining AEI, Brill served as the policy director and chief economist of the House Ways and Means Committee. Previously, he served on the staff of the White House Council of Economic Advisers. He has also served on the staff of the President’s Fiscal Commission (Simpson-Bowles) and the Republican Platform Committee (2008).

Brill has an M.A. in mathematical finance from Boston University and a B.A. in economics from Tufts University.


  • Louis O. Kelso Fellow, Rutgers University, 2017-18
  • Fellow, National Chamber Foundation, 2012-13
  • Adviser (tax policy), President’s Fiscal Commission, 2010
  • Staff Adviser, Economy Subcommittee of the Republican Platform Committee, 2008
  • Policy Director and Chief Economist, Committee on Ways and Means, US House of Representatives, 2002-07
  • Staff Economist, President’s Council of Economic Advisers, 2001-02
  • Research Assistant, AEI, 1997-99


M.A., mathematical finance, Boston University
B.A., economics, Tufts University