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Leonard E. Burman
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Leonard E. Burman

Director, Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center

Biography

Len Burman is director of the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center at the Urban Institute, Paul Volcker Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a senior research associate at Syracuse University’s Center for Policy Research. He cofounded the Tax Policy Center, a joint project of Urban and the Brookings Institution, in 2002. Burman’s recent research has examined US federal budget dynamics; tax expenditures; financing long-term care; the individual alternative minimum tax; the changing role of taxation in social policy; and tax incentives for savings, retirement, and health insurance.

Burman has held senior-level positions in both the executive and legislative branches, serving as deputy assistant secretary for Tax Analysis at the US Department of the Treasury from 1998 to 2000, and as senior analyst at the Congressional Budget Office. He is past-president of the National Tax Association.

Burman is author of Taxes in America: What Everyone Needs to Know, with Joel Slemrod, and The Labyrinth of Capital Gains Tax Policy: A Guide for the Perplexed; coeditor of Taxing Capital Income and Using Taxes to Reform Health Insurance; and author of numerous articles, studies, and reports.

Burman holds a BA from Wesleyan University and a PhD from the University of Minnesota.