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

November 13, 2015

Internet platforms operate differently than conventional markets, so the normal rules of antitrust policy do not readily apply, explains Joe Kennedy in EurActiv.

November 12, 2015

Retroactively extending the R&D tax credit and bonus depreciation—or, better yet, making them permanent—would be a great start on the corporate tax reform the United States needs, writes Joe Kennedy in The Hill.

October 26, 2015

The policy rationale for the R&D tax credit and bonus depreciation is abundantly clear; Congress should extend and then make them permanent.

October 19, 2015

Regulators already have the ability to address clear cases of anticompetitive or anticonsumer behavior. Beyond that, the legitimate concerns of government are limited.

September 28, 2015

Sharing economy workers need flexibility, writes Joe Kennedy in Innovation Files.

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.