Leonard Burman

Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs


Len Burman is the Paul Volcker Chair of Behavioral Economics at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, an Institute Fellow at the Urban Institute, and a Senior Research Associate in the Center for Policy Research. He co-founded the Tax Policy Center, a joint project of the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution in 2002. Len was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Tax Analysis at the Treasury from 1998 to 2000 and Senior Analyst at the Congressional Budget Office from 1988 to 1997. Additionally, he is past-president of the National Tax Association (NTA) and 2016 recipient of the NTA’s Davie-Davis Award for Public Service. Burman is the co-author with Joel Slemrod of Taxes in America: What Everyone Needs to Know and author of The Labyrinth of Capital Gains Tax Policy: A Guide for the Perplexed, and co-editor of several books. He is often invited to testify before Congress and has written for scholarly journals, as well as media outlets such as The Washington Post, New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Len received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Minnesota in 1985.

Select Publications

"Is U.S. Corporate Income Double-Taxed?" with Kimberly A. Clausing and Lydia Austin. National Tax Journal. 2017, 70 (3): 675–706.

"Economic and Distributional Effects of Tax Expenditure Limits," with Eric Toder, Daniel Berger, and Jeffrey Rohaly, in Alan J. Auerbach and Kent Smetters, eds. The Economics of Tax Policy. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017. 

"An Analysis of the House GOP Tax Plan," with James R. Nunns, Benjamin R. Page, Jeffrey Rohaly, and Joseph Rosenberg. Columbia Journal of Tax Law. 2017, 8: 257-294.

"The US Presidential Candidates and the Economy." Intereconomics. September/October 2016, 51(5): 295-296.

"Financial Transaction Taxes in Theory and Practice." William G. Gale, Sarah Gault, Bryan Kim, Jim Nunns, and Steven Rosenthal. National Tax Journal. March 2016, 69(1): 171–216.

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