Economic policy

President Biden appoints Ben Harris assistant secretary for economic policy

President Joe Biden announced today, March 11, his intention to appoint Ben Harris, an associate professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, to serve as assistant secretary for economic policy in the House Treasury Department. White. noted in a report.

Harris, who was chief economist to then-Vice President Biden in the Obama administration, is considered the “silent architect” of Biden’s economic policy, according to The New York Times. reported last November.

Regarding intent, Harris called it“The honor of a lifetime to be appointed to serve at the Treasury; I am beyond grateful for this opportunity.

If confirmed by the Senate, Harris Support the Secretary of the Treasury and playing an instrumental role in preparing the budget for the Biden administration.

At Northwestern, he is executive director of public policy programming at the Kellogg School of Management. In 2018, Harris hosted Biden at Kellogg, where the then vice president gave an impassioned speech about the stark economic inequality in the United States.

Harris’ economic vision is marked by a focus on how politics should concretely improve lives. During his tenure in the Obama administration, he was instrumental in closing loopholes that employers used to not pay their workers for overtime.

Harris’ economic vision is marked by a focus on how politics should concretely improve lives.

“Changing this regulation meant a better life for the 4 million workers directly affected by the change,” Harris told Northwestern Now in 2018.

As the COVID-19 pandemic gripped the nation in the spring of 2020, Harris joined the City of Chicago’s Economic Recovery Task Force, helping author a study that identified how the local economy had changed. and charted the way forward for more inclusive growth out of the crisis.

He also served as the chief economic adviser to Biden’s presidential campaign.

Harris previously held research positions at several think tanks, including the Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute.

He holds a doctorate. in economics from George Washington University; a master’s degree in economics from Cornell University and a master’s degree in quantitative methods from Columbia University. He received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Tufts University.