Joe Kennedy

Joe Kennedy
Senior Fellow
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Joe Kennedy is a senior fellow at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. He focuses 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.

Kennedy previously served as the chief economist for the U.S. 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 United Nations 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 the Brookings Institution and Peter Wallison of the American Enterprise Institute. This task force produced the only bipartisan comprehensive blueprint for reform introduced during the debates.

Kennedy spent 10 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, DC, firm.

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 (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008).

Kennedy has a law degree and a master’s degree 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 ITIF and UMR to discuss a new report, "Healthy Funding: Ensuring a Growing and Predictable Budget for NIH."

Recent Publications

May 26, 2016

Labor law fails to help a growing number of workers, including those in the growing gig sector, said Joe Kennedy in Morning Consult. Congress should either fix it, amend it, or suspend it.

May 2, 2016

Joe Kennedy examines some of the recent debate around Internet platforms for Law360, including about competition, data use and collection, and labor law.

April 18, 2016

U.S. labor law doesn’t know what to do with people who make all or part of their living on gig-enabling Internet platforms like Uber or TaskRabbit. Policymakers should fix the law, adapt it, or suspend it.

April 8, 2016

In Innovation Files, Joe Kennedy looks at two papers coauthored by Alan Krueger that show a rise in alternative work and explain why Uber outperforms taxis.

March 20, 2016

A recent paper by Ross Eisenbrey and Lawrence Mishel argues that current labor law does not need to be amended in response to the gig economy. Not so, says Joe Kennedy in Innovation Files.

December 17, 2015

A recent proposal by two noted tax experts promises to lower the federal corporate tax rate to 15 percent and deserves serious consideration, writes Joe Kennedy in Innovation Files.