Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs
Len Burman is the Paul Volcker Professor of
Behavioral Economics, an
Institute Fellow at the Urban Institute, and a Senior Research Associate at 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. He 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. 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.
"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.