C. Eugene Steuerle

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Gene Steuerle
Gene Steuerle
Gene Steuerle at the Urban Institute, 2008
Born (1946-12-22) December 22, 1946 (age 68)
Education Ph.D., Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.A. Mathematics, University of Dayton
Occupation economist
Employer Urban Institute
Known for Spearheading tax reform and social security reform

C. Eugene "Gene" Steuerle (born December 22, 1946) is an American economist, Richard B. Fisher chair and Institute Fellow at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C., and a columnist under the title The Government We Deserve.

Work and career[edit]

Steuerle has served as:

He serves or has served on advisory panels or boards for the Congressional Budget Office, the Government Accountability Office, the Joint Committee on Taxation, the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, the Independent Sector, the Aspen Institute Initiative on Financial Security, the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics, and the Partnership for America’s Economic Success, and the Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region. He is also a co-founder of the Alexandria Community Trust (ACT for Alexandria), a community foundation.[1]


Steuerle is the author, co-author or co-editor of fifteen books and over one thousand articles, briefs, and Congressional testimonies.[2]

Books include

  • Contemporary U.S. Tax Policy
  • Retooling Social Security for the 21st Century
  • Nonprofits and Business

Notable contributions[edit]

Steuerle is considered a key player and the original organizer of the Treasury's tax reform effort.[3][4] Ronald A. Pearlman, former Assistant Secretary of Tax Policy wrote that 1986 tax reform “would not have moved forward without [Steuerle's] early leadership,”[5] and Lawrence B. Gibbs, former Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, stated “few people have had greater impact on major changes in the tax law and the principal improvements in tax compliance and administration.”[6][better source needed] Andrew Samwick, Director of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth College, dubbed Steuerle "Social Security Czar" for his expertise in Social Security reform.[7]


  1. ^ Gene Steuerle Institute Fellow biography, Urban Institute web site. Retrieved 6.23.10.
  2. ^ Publications by author Gene Steuerle, The Urban Institute web. Retrieved 6.23.10
  3. ^ Key Players in Tax Policy, Public Forum Institute
  4. ^ Christopher Howard, The Hidden Welfare State, Princeton University Press
  5. ^ Review Comments, Contemporary U.S. Tax Policy
  6. ^ Personal letters in possession of Gene Steuerle
  7. ^ "In Praise of Gene Steuerle," Vox Baby, June 2, 2005

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