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C. Eugene Steuerle

Institute Fellow and Richard B. Fisher Chair

I love working on public finance issues and seeing their endless application to so many budget, tax, spending, and charitable issues that go well beyond what can be found in any textbook. I am drawn to Urban because in my view, it leads the nation in so many areas of research—combining its talents for evaluating a broad spectrum of public policy issues, gathering and using related data from a range of sources, and integrating research across disparate program areas; and all the while maintaining a truly nonpartisan approach to analysis, a deep culture of respect for each member of the organization, and a strong commitment to serve the public through its work.

Commentary

Social Security's original mission was to protect society's most vulnerable from poverty. Figuring out who needs protection and how much, however, is not so simple. There are many sources of redistribution in Social Security, from rich to poor, from shorter lived to longer lived, and across...

March 13, 2005
C. Eugene Steuerle
Research report

Tax programs that provide deductions to homeowners or credits to both builders and owners, greatly exceed direct federal outlays on housing. The beneficiaries of these tax programs tend to be middle-to-upper income families who own their homes while the recipients of outlays tend to be lower...

February 28, 2005
Adam CarassoC. Eugene SteuerleElizabeth Bell
Brief

[USA Today] Before the political momentum for Social Security reform dissipates into a single-minded dispute over how much to trust Americans' retirement wealth to the stock market, or the president goes on the road again to stump for personal accounts, larger questions need attention....

February 10, 2005
C. Eugene Steuerle
Research report

Beginning with his convention acceptance speech, President Bush has been calling for an ‘‘ownership society’’- ‘‘a path to greater opportunity, more freedom, and more control over your own life.’’ Republicans and Democrats alike should welcome this call since in one form or another most have...

January 31, 2005
C. Eugene Steuerle
Research report

In the heady days after his re-election, President Bush promised to replace the current tax system with something better. Politicians often delude themselves that reform can be summoned by proclamation. But, a wholesale transformation of the income tax system isn't about to happen quickly or...

January 5, 2005
C. Eugene Steuerle
Research report

To encourage saving for retirement, private pensions such as employer sponsored 401(k) plans or IRAs receive favorable tax treatment by the federal government. A major goal of such tax provisions is to increase personal saving. A measure of the value of these tax benefits is provided by the...

December 20, 2004
Elizabeth BellAdam CarassoC. Eugene Steuerle
Research report

For the last several years, Congress has been on a spending spree unlike any in the nation’s history — a turnaround of about 7 percent of gross domestic product in going from surplus to deficit. In addition to size, what made this spree unique was that tax cuts, defense increases, large...

December 6, 2004
C. Eugene Steuerle
Research report

Management theory holds that the major goals for an organization need to be clearly specified and few in number. When workers are given multiple goals, it is often hard to distinguish among them. Failure to achieve primary goals also becomes easier when one has the excuse that he was working on...

May 31, 2004
C. Eugene Steuerle
Research report

Almost no one who has served at the Treasury can help but feel pride at the integrity, vitality, and importance of the institution. With a heritage going back to Alexander Hamilton, time after time it has had to grapple with the economic and financial problems facing the nation--and come up with...

May 24, 2004
C. Eugene Steuerle

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