Dr. Joe Minarik
Senior Vice President and Director of Research, Committee for Economic Development
Minarik was the chief economist of the Office of Management and Budget for the eight
years of the Clinton Administration, helping to formulate the Administration’s program
to eliminate the budget deficit, including both the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation
Act of 1993 and the bipartisan Balanced Budget Act of 1997. Prior to his service in
the Clinton Administration, Minarik worked closely with Senator Bill Bradley on his
efforts to reform the federal income tax, which culminated in the Tax Reform Act of
1986, writing Making Tax Choices in 1985; and served as Chief Economist to the House
Budget Committee in 1991-92 and 2001-05, and staff director of the Joint Economic
Committee in 1989-90. Recently, he served on the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Debt
Reduction Task Force and the National Academy of Science’s Our Fiscal Future project,
two national efforts to reduce the federal budget deficit.
Minarik received three graduate degrees in economics from Yale University, earning
his Ph.D. in 1974. He earned his B.A. in economics from Georgetown University in 1971.
Minarik writes a regular column for Bloomberg Government.