Douglas Holtz-Eakin


Douglas Holtz-Eakin is the President of the American Action Forum, and most recently was a Commissioner on the Congressionally-chartered Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission. Previously he was the Chief Economist of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers from 2001-2002 and Director of the Congressional Budget Office from 2003-2005. He was previously a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, director of the Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies, and the Paul Volcker Chair in International Economics as the Council on Foreign Relations. He served as a professor at Columbia University and Syracuse University. He received his PhD in economics from Princeton University.

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The Role of Low-Skill Visas in Immigration Reform

by Douglas Holtz-Eakinvia Peregrine
Monday, October 6, 2014

The phrase immigration reform means different things to different people, largely because such a reform can span many aspects of American life.  Border security, employment law, legal status of the undocumented, visa tracking, sector-specific economic policies, and more are potential components of immigration reform. 

Analysis and Commentary

Slowing Foreclosures Will Harm Housing Market

by John B. Taylor, Douglas Holtz-Eakinvia San Francisco Chronicle
Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Across America, but especially in hard-hit California, families are still reeling from the financial and economic fallout of the housing bubble and crash. 

Analysis and Commentary

What Caused the Financial Crisis?

by Bill Thomas, Keith Hennessey, Douglas Holtz-Eakinvia Wall Street Journal
Thursday, January 27, 2011

Congress's inquiry commission is offering a simplistic narrative that could lead to the wrong policy reforms...