Ted Gayer is the Executive Vice President of the Brookings Institution, the Vice President and Director of the Economic Studies program at Brookings, and the Joseph A. Pechman Senior Fellow in Economic Studies. Gayer assumed the position of Executive Vice President of Brookings in April 2018 after five years as Vice President and Director of the Economic Studies program. From 2009-2013, he was Co-Director of the Economic Studies program. Though he has assumed the role of Executive Vice President of Brookings, Gayer will remain as Vice President and Director of the Economic Studies program until his successor is in place.
In his role as Vice President and Director of Economic Studies, Gayer ensures the program’s commitment to high-quality, independent economic research, and also that its research is strategically presented and disseminated to key audiences in order to influence policy, draw attention to emerging issues, and educate the public. He is also a strong advocate for efforts to improve inclusion and diversity at Brookings, as well as in the field of economics more generally. The Economic Studies program is the largest of Brookings’s five research programs. Composed of 10 centers and initiatives, its research portfolio covers a wide range of issues, including tax policy, health care, poverty and economic mobility, monetary policy, and regulatory policy, among others. The program also produces the Brookings Papers on Economic Activity—a public-policy focused academic journal that publishes new research by leading economists twice a year.
In addition to his management activities, Gayer conducts research on a variety of economic issues, with a particular focus on public finance, environmental and energy economics, housing, and regulatory policy. He has published dozens of academic journal articles and speaks regularly on the economic outlook and economic policies to various audiences and to the local and national media.
Gayer’s background includes extensive experience in academia, government, and public policy organizations. Prior to joining the Brookings in 2009, he was associate professor of public policy at Georgetown University. From 2007 to 2008, he was deputy assistant secretary for Economic Policy at the Department of the Treasury. While at Treasury, he worked primarily on housing and credit market policies, as well as on energy and environmental issues, health care, Social Security and Medicare.
From 2003 to 2004, he was a senior economist at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, where he worked on environmental and energy policies. From 2006 to 2007, he was a visiting fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California, and from 2004 to 2006 he was a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.
- Housing Markets & Finance
- Regulatory Policy
- U.S. Economy
- Economic Studies
- Center on Regulation and Markets
- The Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy
- Climate and Energy Economics Project
- Cross-Brookings Initiative on Energy and Climate
- Additional Expertise Areas
- Public finance, environmental and energy economics, housing, and regulatory policy.
- Past Positions
- Co-Director, Economic Studies, The Brookings Institution (2009-2013)
- Associate Professor of Public Policy at Georgetown University (2004-2009)
- Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy at the Department of the Treasury (2007-2008)
- Visiting fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California (2006-2007)
- Visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (2004-2006)
- Senior economist at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers (2003-2004)
- Ph.D. - Duke University (1997)