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.

As a single person he adopted a 12-year-old son who is now in college. He subsequently married and he and his wife Jeanette recently had their second child. He occasionally blogs at

Recent Publications

May 1, 2015

Policymakers should utilize tax reform to spur growth which will assist all of society.

March 24, 2015

Two new tax proposals promise to help small, research-intensive companies attract investors even when they are still far from profitability.

March 16, 2015

Smart regulatory reform focused on sectors that compete internationally can boost U.S. economic competitiveness while maintaining, or even increasing, social benefits.

March 13, 2015

Despite funding for DHS being settled, the need for bipartisan solutions to immigration reform remains.

February 26, 2015

The National Institutes of Health needs greater resources and more funding stability.

January 21, 2015

Implementing a domestic tax on overseas profits would be a mistake.