Robert Litan is Director of Research of Bloomberg Government, an information services subsidiary of Bloomberg LP providing analyses and data about the impact of US federal government policies on business. He has had a long and distinguished career in and out of government and the private sector relating to a wide variety of public policy issues. He is both an economist and an attorney.
Prior to joining BGov, Litan was Vice President for Research and Policy at the Kauffman Foundation, Vice President for Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution, and a Senior Fellow at the Institution. He practiced law with two Washington, D.C. law firms.
Litan has held several high level positions in the federal government: Associate Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice, a consultant to the Treasury Department, and a staff economist at the President's Council of Economic Advisers. He also has served on numerous advisory boards of research organizations and private sector organizations.
Litan is the author or co-author of over 25 books, editor or co-editor of another 14, and author or co-author of over 200 articles in academic journals, popular magazines and newspapers on a wide range of public policy issues, including general economic policy, financial institutions, entrepreneurship and regulatory policy. His most recent books are The Need for Speed: A New Framework for Telecommunications Policy in the 21st Century (Brookings, 2013, co-authored with Hal Singer) and Better Capitalism (Yale University Press, 2012, co-authored with Carl Schramm).
Litan earned his B.S. in Economies (summa cum laude) from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania, his J.D. from Yale Law School and his M. Phil and PhD (Economics) from Yale University. Litan is married to Margaret Litan and has two grown children, Ari and Alisa.