Joe Kennedy

Joe Kennedy
Senior Fellow
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Joe Kennedy is a Senior Fellow at ITIF with a focus on economic policy. For almost three decades he has provided legal and economic advice to senior officials in the public and private sector. Much of this advice has been directed at public policies involving technology, competitiveness, and the social contract. He also consults privately on these issues.

Dr. Kennedy previously served as the Chief Economist for the Department of Commerce where he oversaw a staff of 15 economists and regularly briefed the Secretary of Commerce on economic issues including the financial crisis and immigration reform. He has held numerous other positions in government, serving on committees in both Houses of Congress and in the Executive Branch. As Senior Counsel for the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations he helped oversee investigations of the credit counseling industry, music downloading, and the U.N. Oil for Food Program. As Senior Economist for the Joint Economic Committee he authored papers on telecommunications policy and nanotechnology.

While at the Pew Charitable Trusts he started and oversaw the Financial Reform Project, which was widely credited with bringing timely, objective information to Congress and the Administration. As part of the Project he helped put together and support a Task Force of leading financial experts co-chaired by Martin Bailey of Brookings and Peter Wallison of AEI. This Task Force produced the only bipartisan comprehensive blueprint for reform introduced during the debates.

Dr. Kennedy spent ten years at the Manufacturers Alliance working with senior executives from the nation’s leading manufacturing companies. He recruited and ran peer learning councils on strategic planning, technology, and supply chain logistics at which vice presidents and directors shared information about how to respond to the challenges of a dynamic, global economy. He also wrote a number of articles on subjects including government entitlements, tort reform, global warming, encryption, regulatory policy and the future of manufacturing. He has also practiced corporate and environmental law for a large Washington firm.

Dr. Kennedy has served as the President of the Board for the Arlington/Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless. He teaches a course in Law, Economics and International Policy at Georgetown University. He has received the Quality of Communication Award from the American Agricultural Economics Association and is the author of Ending Poverty: Changing Behavior, Guaranteeing Income, and Transforming Government (Roman and Littlefield, 2008).

Dr. Kennedy has a law degree and Masters in Agricultural and Applied Economics from the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D in Economics from George Washington University.

Recent Events

February 26, 2015

Join the ITIF and UMR to discuss a new report, "Healthy Funding: Ensuring a Growing and Predictable Budget for NIH."

Recent Publications

August 28, 2015

A new PwC study found that U.S. companies consistently pay a higher effective tax rate than their overseas competitors, writes Joe Kennedy in Innovation Files.

August 26, 2015

America suffers not just from a yawning fiscal deficit but also from a terrible backlog of needed investments, writes Joe Kennedy in The Hill.

July 13, 2015

The real problem with Pope Francis’ recent encyclical is that, other than love each other and live more simply, it is difficult to know what he would have us do differently.

July 9, 2015

The recent Uber ruling has shown that U.S. labor law has remained frozen and out of touch with market realities, writes Joe Kennedy in Computerworld.

July 1, 2015

With inversions under siege, now American firms are eager to be bought—to avoid onerous corporate taxes, writes Joe Kennedy in the Wall Street Journal.

June 22, 2015

For the United States to regain the commanding heights it occupied during the 1980s, it needs regulatory reform, says Joe Kennedy in International Economy.