Benjamin H. Harris
Chief Economist and Economic Adviser to the Vice President, The White House
Benjamin H. Harris is the Chief Economist and Economic Adviser to the Vice President of the United States. He is previously the Policy Director of The Hamilton Project; a Fellow in Economic Studies at Brookings; and Deputy Director of the Retirement Security Project at Brookings. His primary areas of focus are tax, budget, and retirement security. Harris has published a variety of papers and policy briefs related to topics in public finance and is regularly cited in media reports related to fiscal policy. Previously, he was a Senior Research Associate with the Urban Institute and the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center. Prior to joining the Urban Institute, Harris worked at the White House as a Senior Economist with the Council of Economic Advisers, where he specialized in fiscal policy and retirement security. He has also served as a Research Economist at the Brookings Institution and as a Senior Economist with the Budget Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. Harris has also taught as an adjunct professor at the policy schools at the University of Maryland and Georgetown University. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from The George Washington University, in addition to a master's degree in economics from Cornell University and a master's degree in Quantitative Methods from Columbia University. He earned his BA in economics at Tufts University. In 2000, Harris was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Namibia.