Robert E. Litan

Robert E. Litan
Nonresident Senior Fellow
Brookings Institution

Robert Litan is a nonresident senior fellow at Brookings, where he formerly was Vice President and Director of Economic Studies and also a Senior Fellow.

As an economist and attorney, Litan has had nearly four decades of experience in the worlds of the law, economic research and policy, and as an executive in both the private, public and government sectors. Through his extensive publications and many speeches and testimony, he has become a widely recognized national expert in regulation, antitrust, finance, among other policy subjects.

In 1993, he was appointed Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Antitrust Division of the Justice Department, where he oversaw civil non-merger litigation and the Department’s positions on regulatory matters, primarily in telecommunications. In 1995, he was appointed Associate Director of the Office of Management and Budget, where oversaw the budgets of five cabinet level agencies. He later was a consultant to the Department of Treasury on financial modernization and the effectiveness of the Community Reinvestment Act and co-authored several reports on these subjects. In the early 1990s he served as a Member of the Presidential-Congressional Commission on the Causes of the Savings and Loan Crisis. He has chaired two panels of two studies for the National Academy of Sciences, and has served on one other NAS Committee. He began his career as a Staff Economist at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers.

In addition to practicing law (which currently still does as Of Counsel to Korein Tillery, based in St. Louis and Chicago), Litan has been Vice President and Director of Research at the Kauffman Foundation, and Director of Research at Bloomberg Government, the subsidiary of Bloomberg LLP that provides analysis and data on the impact of government policies on business. He is currently on the research advisory boards of the Smith Richardson Foundation and the Committee for Economic Development. He also been a member of the international advisory board of the Principal Financial Group.

During his research career, Litan has authored or co-authored over 25 books and edited another 14, and authored or co-authored more than articles in professional and popular publications. His latest books include The Need for Speed (Brookings Institution Press, 2013, co-authored with Hal Singer); Better Capitalism, co-authored with Carl Schramm, published by the Yale University Press in 2102, and Good Capitalism, Bad Capitalism (co-authored with William Baumol and Carl Schramm), also published by Yale in 2007, and which is used widely in college courses, and has been translated into 10 languages. His forthcoming popular book, to be published by Wiley Press in the fall of 2014, is The Trillion Dollar Economists.

Litan earned his B.S. in Economics (summa cum laude) at the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania; his J.D. at Yale Law School; and his M. Phil. And PhD at Yale University.

Recent Events

May 13, 2015

Please join ITIF for a discussion of the limits of the “middle out” strategy and the kind of innovation-led growth agenda we need for all Americans to prosper.

April 11, 2013

ITIF host "The Need for Speed: A New Framework for Telecommunications Policy for the 21st Century" book launch.

November 18, 2010

ITIF unveils the latest data on how the states are doing in efforts to be competitive in the global, entrepreneurial, innovation- and knowledge-based New Economy.

November 18, 2008

Find out which states are leading, and which are lagging, in the United States’ transformation to a global, entrepreneurial, digital, and knowledge- and innovation-based New Economy, when ITIF releases its 2008 State New Economy Index. The Index, sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, ranks states on 29 indicators in five key areas—knowledge jobs, globalization, entrepreneurial dynamism, IT, and innovation—on the extent to which their economies are effectively structured to operate and compete regionally as well as globally. The report also lays out an innovation-based policy agenda designed to help states succeed economically in these turbulent times.

March 13, 2007

On March 13, 2007, Intuit CEO Steve Bennett spoke at an ITIF event to release “Digital Prosperity: Understanding the Economic Impact of the IT Revolution” at the Marriott Metro Center in Washington, D.C.