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Robert E. Litan
Vice President for Research and Policy
Kauffman Foundation

Robert E. Litan is the Vice President for Research and Policy at the Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City and a Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution. Dr. Litan has authored, co-authored, and edited a number of books and articles in journals, magazines, and newspapers on a broad range of public policy issues. His newest books are Good Capitalism, Bad Capitalism: Economic Growth and Prosperity (with William Baumol and Carl Schramm, Yale University Press, 2007) and Competitive Equity: Developing a Lower Cost Alternative for Mutual Funds (with Peter J. Wallison, AEI Press, 2007).

Dr. Litan has been a lecturer in banking law at the Yale Law School, consulted for numerous organizations, and testified as an expert witness in a variety of legal and regulatory proceedings involving domestic (banking, antitrust) and international (primarily trade) issues. He has also consulted for private sector firms and the Department of Justice on antitrust matters. Among his various assignments, he co-authored two Congressionally-mandated studies for the Treasury Department. During 1996-97, he served as a consultant to the Treasury Department and was the lead author of its report to Congress on the future of the financial services industry.

Dr. Litan also has served in several capacities in the federal government. During 1995 and 1996, he was Associate Director of the Office of Management and Budget. From 1993 to 1995, he was Deputy Assistant Attorney General, in charge of civil antitrust litigation and regulatory issues, at the Department of Justice. From 1977 to 1979, he was the regulatory and legal staff specialist at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. In the early 1990s, Dr. Litan was a Member of the Commission on the Causes of the Savings and Loan Crisis.

Dr. Litan received his B.S. in Economics (summa cum laude) from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania; his J.D. from Yale Law School; and both his M. Phil. and Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University.

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