The 10 Wonks Most Likely to Influence Joe Biden’s Economic Policy

Yuval Rosenberg

A Biden administration is likely to see a split between “legacy elements of the Democratic Party and a reformist Left,” political-risk advisory firm Baron Public Affairs says in a new report that seeks to analyze which outside experts and organizations are likely to shape the Democratic candidate’s economic policy.

“The 10 influencers were chosen through an analysis of the writings and remarks of 33 advisers, campaign officials, and platform committee members surrounding Biden, including California Senator Kamala Harris, his running mate,” Bloomberg Businessweek’s Peter Coy reports. “That produced a list of the thinkers whom those people most often cited.”

The list includes:

Michael Linden, executive director of the Groundwork Collaborative, which works with “progressive movement leaders and activists on the front lines of progressive causes.”

Jason Furman, who chaired the Council of Economic Advisers under President Obama and is now a professor at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

Jared Bernstein, a senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities who was an economic adviser to Biden from 2009 to 2011.

Heather Boushey, co-founder of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth. Baron notes that The New York Times described her as “at the forefront of a generation of economists rethinking their discipline.”

Heidi Shierholz, senior economist and director of policy at the Economic Policy Institute.

Gene Sperling, who was director of the National Economic Council under both Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

Ernie Tedeschi, a former Treasury Department economist who is now managing director and policy economist at research firm Evercore ISI.

Justin Wolfers of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan and the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

Martha Gimbel, senior manager for economic research at Schmidt Futures, an organization founded by former Google CEO Eric Schmidt dedicated to advancing science.

Matt Stoller, director of research at the American Economic Liberties Project.

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