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The School of Public Policy is proud to announce that Donald Marron, former acting director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and a leading innovator in federal tax and budget policy, is joining the School as a faculty member.

Marron currently serves as institute fellow and director of economic policy initiatives at the Urban Institute, where he will continue to conduct research on tax policy and federal budgeting and identify opportunities for the organization to develop policy-relevant research on economic and financial issues. He has also served on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers and taught at both Georgetown University and the University of Chicago.

“We’re delighted to have an economic expert of professor Marron’s stature join the faculty to bolster our already top-ranked specializations and course offerings in public finance and budgeting,” says Philip Joyce, senior associate dean.

Marron joins the School’s renowned public finance faculty, which includes the current CBO director, Phillip Swagel. The School’s specialization in public finance and budgeting currently ranks 10th in the nation.

Marron’s experience in the policy world has allowed him to testify numerous times before Congress, both during his time at CBO, and since. In the classroom, Marron will teach economic budgetary and tax policy at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. His first course, PLCY401, will be offered this spring and will focus on a range of economic topics that affect contemporary policy issues.

“Professor Marron brings the perspectives of both an accomplished practitioner and a thoughtful academic, joining the ranks of our many scholar-practitioner faculty members,” Joyce says. “Our students will benefit from his range of experience, which will offer them a unique look at putting policy into practice.”

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