Adam Looney

Executive Director, Marriner S. Eccles Institute, University of Utah and

Professor of Finance, David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah

ADAM LOONEY is Executive Director of the Marriner S. Eccles Institute and Professor of Finance at the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah and a non-resident fellow at the Brookings Institution. Previously, he was the Joseph A. Pechman senior fellow in Economic Studies at Brookings and the Director of the Center on Regulation and Markets. While at Brookings, he has been called to testify in the Congress by members of both parties on tax and student loan policy, and his research has influenced the development of federal tax policies and education reforms. Earlier, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Tax Analysis at the U.S. Treasury Department. At Treasury, he advised the Secretary on economic issues related to tax policy, analyzed current and proposed legislation, and provided the official receipts forecasts and revenue estimates for the Administration’s budgets. Under his direction, the office initiated research projects on topics including business tax reform, capital gains taxation, and a carbon tax. He also studied the causes and consequences of student loan distress and the economic returns to postsecondary education, and played an instrumental role in the advancement of several data-intensive projects including the production of the Department of Education’s College Scorecard. Prior to joining the Treasury, Mr. Looney was policy director of The Hamilton Project and was a senior fellow in Economic Studies at Brookings from 2010-2013. Previously, he served as the senior economist for public finance and tax policy with President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers and was an economist at the Federal Reserve Board. He received a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University and a B.A. in economics from Dartmouth College.