Dean Douglas Elmendorf says raising the gas tax would be a terrific way to finance additional infrastructure spending.
Restoring Trust in Leadership
January 29, 2018
Dean Douglas Elmendorf and Harvard Business School Dean Nitin Nohria share their vision of principled leadership, and how it can restore trust in businesses, governments, and civic institutions around the world.
Harvard's Elmendorf says budget agreement just buys time
Bloomberg News, December 8, 2017
Harvard's Elmendorf Sees Muted Effect From Tax Bill
Bloomberg News, November 17, 2017
Fear of Federal Debt Has Faded, but Risks Remain
The New York Times, October 4, 2017
Dean Elmendorf is interviewed about increased federal borrowing and changing interest rates.
How to fix the federal debt: Budget analysts say it’s only politics that stand in the way
The Washington Times, September 28, 2017
Dean Elmendorf responds to federal debt proposals and the discusses the effect of health care on government spending.
Talking to a Former Director of the CBO
New York Magazine's Daily Intelligencer, July 21, 2017
Dean Elmendorf is interviewed about the role of the Congressional Budget Office in providing unbiased analyses of proposed GOP health care legislation.
Former CBO Directors Confront Assaults on Agency
Roll Call, July 21, 2017
Roll Call reports on a letter sent by all eight former Congressional Budget Office directors, including Dean Elmendorf, protesting ongoing attacks on the agency’s integrity and urging that Congress continue to rely on CBO estimates.
Bloomberg Philanthropies and Harvard launch first-ever executive leadership program for mayors and city leaders
Bloomberg Philanthropies, July 18, 2017
Dean Elmendorf is interviewed about the new Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, which hosted its first meeting of city mayors in July.
"Repeal and delay": McConnell's new, risky health care plan, delayed
Vox, July 18, 2017
Dean Elmendorf comments on the latest GOP plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, without offering an immediate replacement.
Dean Elmendorf is interviewed on Bloomberg News
July 13, 2017
The dean explains the process used for scoring a federal budget and offers his outlook on U.S. economic growth.
How the GOP would cut billions more from Medicaid with a single letter
Washington Post, June 22, 2017
Dean Elmendorf provides perspective on the GOP health care bill.
C.B.O. Head, Who Prizes Nonpartisanship, Finds Work Under G.O.P. Attack
New York Times, June 19, 2017
Dean Elmendorf comments on reports that the Congressional Budget Office has been criticized for being politically partisan by the White House budget director.
The Republican Health Care Debacle
Foreign Affairs, May 24, 2017
In this commentary, Dean Elmendorf argues that "the development and passage of the AHCA is a case study in how not to make public policy."
Republicans Disregarded the C.B.O., but it Won't Be Ignored
The New York Times, May 5, 2017
Dean Elmendorf comments on the impact of proposed changes to the Affordable Care Act.
The GOP just voted to undo Obamacare without knowing how many people would lose health insurance
Washington Post, May 4, 2017
In a Washington Post article, Dean Douglas Elmendorf is quoted on the decision by Congressional leaders to vote on the latest health care reform plan prior to scoring by the Congressional Budget Office.
'It's a terrible mistake' to vote on health care bill without a CBO score, former director says
PRI Marketplace, May 4, 2017
Dean Douglas Elmendorf discusses the decision to put the GOP health care bill up for a vote in the House, prior to scoring by the Congressional Budget Office.
Trump, in new tax plan, promises to do what Reagan couldn't
Washington Post, April 26, 2017
Dean Elmendorf provides his perspective on President Trump's proposed tax plan, which promises an annual growth rate of three percent.
Interview with Bloomberg Surveillance Podcast
March 17, 2017
Dean Elmendorf discusses President Trump's proposed budget, and the challenges facing its passage in Congress.
Bloomberg News interviews Dean Elmendorf on the Trump Administration's proposed budget plan
Bloomberg, March 17, 2017
CNN interviews Dean Elmendorf on allegations that the Obama Administration 'manipulated' job numbers
CNN, March 13, 2017
Obamacare was supposed to ruin the economy, but it hasn’t, and that’s a problem for Trump and the GOP
Washington Post, March 16, 2017
Dean Elmendorf weighs in on the economic effects of Obamacare.
The lessons of Obamacare
Vox, March 15, 2017
Dean Elmendorf reflects on the lessons learned through the process of developing the Affordable Care Act.
The Congressional Budget Office, explained
Vox, March 13, 2017
Dean Elmendorf explains the function of the Congressional Budget Office in producing objective policy analysis.
Budget referee caught in Obamacare crossfire
The Hill, March 9, 2017
Dean Elmendorf discusses the important role played by the Congressional Budget Office in estimating the potential economic impacts of Congressional legislation.
Sean Spicer is trying to discredit Congress's nonpartisan source of health-care numbers
Washington Post, March 8, 2017
Dean Elmendorf responds to critique of the Congressional Budget Office's initial estimates for the Affordable Care Act.
White House trade advisor: Deficit undermines US security
Associated Press, March 6, 2017
Dean Elmendorf is quoted discussing the Trump administration's economic plans.
Trump to Seek $54 Billion Increase in Military Spending
New York Times, February 27, 2017
Dean Elmendorf discusses President Trump's proposed budget plan.
Repeal and delay -- the Republicans' plan to end Obamacare -- explained
Vox, January 6, 2017
Dean Elmendorf is quoted discussing the challenges for Congressional Republicans as they threaten to appeal the Affordable Care Act.
Schelling, 'Founding Father' of the Kennedy School, Dies at 95
Harvard Crimson, December 17, 2016
Dean Elmendorf discusses the death of Tom Schelling, considered one of the 'founding fathers' of the Kennedy School.
Kennedy School Campaign Reaches $570 Million, Surpasses Goal
Harvard Crimson, December 14, 2016
Dean Elmendorf comments on the tremendous success of Harvard Kennedy School's capital campaign.
Bannon invited to Harvard conference, campus free-speech debate ensues
Christian Science Monitor, December 2, 2016
Dean Elmendorf discusses the 2016 Campaign Managers Conference, sponsored by the Kennedy School's Institute of Politics.
Bannon won’t be attending Harvard event after all
Boston Globe, November 29, 2016
Dean Elmendorf's welcome remarks at the 2016 Campaign Managers Conference are quoted in this Globe article.
How the White House Could Justify a Debt-Driven Keynesian Stimulus
Bloomberg News, November 17, 2016
Dean Elmendorf discusses the potential for the use of economic stimulus by the Trump administration.
Is the Federal Budget Deficit an Urgent Problem?
Wall Street Journal, October 20, 2016
A paper co-authored by Dean Elmendorf is quoted in this article about the federal budget deficit.
Fiscal Constraints Await the Next President
Wall Street Journal, September 25, 2016
Dean Elmendorf is quoted discussing the fiscal challenges facing the next president.
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A Moral Conscience for Economics
Harvard Magazine, September/October 2016
Dean Elmendorf discusses the role of economics in improving people's lives.
Why Ultralow Rates Won't be a Government-Debt Cure-All
Wall Street Journal, July 25, 2016
Dean Elmendorf is quoted in an article about interest rates, federal debt and economic growth.
Harvard Remembers Howard Raiffa
Harvard Gazette, July 11, 2016
Dean Elmendorf honors the legacy of Howard Raiffa, one of the founding fathers of the Kennedy School.
On the Structural Reform Challenges for Medicare and Social Security
Associated Press, June 23, 2016
Dean Douglas Elmendorf comments on the difficulties of reforming Medicare and Social Security entitlement formulas.
Tough Questions for Janet Yellen
MarketWatch, June 21, 2016
Dean Elmendorf is quoted in a MarketWatch article discussing the difficult questions on the economy Fed Chair Janet Yellen will face in two days of upcoming Congressional testimony.
Harvard Kennedy School Dean Douglas Elmendorf weighs in on the U.S. economy, fiscal policy and the budget deficit. He speaks on "Bloomberg Surveillance."
Let's Get Started
HKS Magazine, Winter 2016
As Douglas Elmendorf, the new dean of Harvard Kennedy School, moved into his Littauer building office in January, a 125-foot crane was beginning to install the steel beams that will frame the school’s new buildings. The blueprints for the construction have been drawn. The structures are taking shape. But as Elmendorf sits down at his desk, at the center of a community of thousands of master’s, doctoral, and executive education students, tens of thousands of alumni and friends, and hundreds of faculty and staff, he has begun to think about other ways the school can build on its excellent foundation.
A Passion for Public Service
HKS Magazine, Summer 2015
Douglas Elmendorf began taking an interest in economics—he loved its ability to help explain the world and create the tools to improve people’s lives—as an undergraduate at Princeton, before moving to Harvard for his doctoral studies. He taught at Harvard for four years before heading to Washington in 1993, where over two decades he worked as an economist in a series of increasingly influential positions at the Federal Reserve Board, the Council of Economic Advisers, the Treasury, and the Brookings Institution, before eventually being appointed director of the Congressional Budget Office in 2009. He will become Harvard Kennedy School’s 10th dean in January 2016, succeeding Dean David T. Ellwood and Acting Dean Archon Fung. He spoke to HKS Magazine on June 11, as his appointment was announced.
A new dean debuts
Harvard Gazette, June 11, 2015
A few hours after Douglas W. Elmendorf was named the John F. Kennedy School of Government’s new dean, he was surrounded by old friends and new at a reception atop the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), in a kind of festive gathering of the clan.
Elmendorf, A.M. ’85, Ph.D. ’89, is a prominent economist and a former Harvard faculty member who recently finished as director of the respected U.S. Congressional Budget Office (CBO).…
Douglas Elmendorf, Former CBO Director, Named Dean of Harvard’s Kennedy School
The Wall Street Journal, June 11, 2015
Douglas Elmendorf, who ended in March a six-year run as director of the Congressional Budget Office, will be the new dean of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, the university said Thursday.
Mr. Elmendorf was widely respected heading the powerful nonpolitical office that holds considerable power over spending, tax and budget proposals from the White House and Congress.
Former CBO chief Doug Elmendorf named Harvard Kennedy School dean
Politico, June 11, 2015
Doug Elmendorf, the director of the Congressional Budget Office from 2009 until earlier this year, will be the next dean of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government next January, the school announced on Thursday. Keith Hall succeeded Elmendorf as CBO director in April.
“Doug Elmendorf is an outstanding public servant, an admired mentor and teacher, and a distinguished economist deeply immersed in the interplay of research and policy — an experienced leader in government who embodies the Harvard Kennedy School’s commitment to joining scholarship, education, and practice to serve the public good,” said Harvard University President Drew Faust in the announcement.