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Ike Brannon is a visiting fellow who specializes in fiscal policy, tax reform, and regulatory issues. He was previously a senior fellow for the Bush Institute and before that was director of economic policy for the American Action Forum. Brannon has also served as the chief economist for the House Energy and Commerce Committee, chief economist for the Republican Policy Committee, senior adviser for tax policy at the U.S. Treasury, principal economic adviser for Senator Orrin Hatch on the Senate Finance Committee, chief economist for the Congressional Joint Economic Committee, and  senior economist for the Office of Management and Budget. He was also chief economist for the John McCain campaign in 2008 as well as an associate professor of economics at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. His work has appeared in The Weekly Standard, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg View, USA Today, and The Hill. 

Brannon has a PhD in economics from Indiana University and a BA in math, Spanish, and economics from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. He also runs the Savings and Retirement Foundation and the Prosperity Caucus.

More from Ike Brannon


Will Illinois Need a Federal Bailout?

The Weekly Standard. June 27, 2017.

The Solar Power Market Is under Threat‐‐from One of Its Own

The Weekly Standard. June 12, 2017.

Puerto Rico’s Faux Pension Reform

The Weekly Standard. May 24, 2017.

Cato Studies

Reforming the National Flood Insurance Program: Toward Private Flood Insurance

Policy Analysis No. 817. July 19, 2017.

The Paths to Mortgage Finance Reform and Their Budgetary Implications

Working Paper No. 18. March 18, 2014.

The Troubling Return of Keynesianism

Tax and Budget Bulletin No. 52. January 1, 2009.

Cato Reviews & Journals