Robert E. Litan




PhD, JD, M.Phil, Yale University; Wharton School of Finance: BS in Economics (summa cum laude)

Robert E. Litan

As an economist and attorney, Litan has had nearly four decades of experience in the worlds of the law, economic research and policy, and as an executive in both the private, public and government sectors. Through his extensive publications and many speeches and testimony, he has become a widely recognized national expert in regulation, antitrust, entrepreneurship, and finance, among other policy subjects.


Litan is Counsel to Korein Tillery, a law firm based in St. Louis and Chicago specializing in large case litigation, and Chief Economist at Main Street Genome, a DC-based startup providing financial analytics to small businesses. He formerly directed economic research at the Brookings Institution, the Kauffman Foundation and Bloomberg Government.


Litan also serves on several advisory boards: the Smith Richardson Foundation; the Committee for Economic Development; the American Antitrust Institute; and the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel. He is also a special consultant to Economists, Inc. in Washington, D.C. He has also been a member of the international advisory board of the Principal Financial Group and has also held several high-level appointed positions, as an economist and attorney, in the U.S. federal government.


During his research career, Litan has authored or co-authored 27 books and edited another 14, and authored or co-authored more than 200 articles in professional and popular publications. His most recent book, published by Wiley Press in the fall of 2014, is The Trillion Dollar Economists.


Litan earned his B.S. in Economics (summa cum laude) at the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania; his J.D. at Yale Law School; and his M. Phil. and Ph.D. at Yale University.