Former US Treasury Department Deputy Assistant Secretary for Tax Analysis Kimberly Clausing joins PIIE

WASHINGTON—The Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE) is pleased to announce that Kimberly Clausing, deputy assistant secretary for tax analysis in the US Department of the Treasury from 2021 to 2022 and now the Eric M. Zolt Chair in Tax Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law, will join the Institute as a nonresident senior fellow on September 1.

"Kimberly Clausing brings tremendous expertise in the formulation and implications of international tax policy. Her research studies the taxation of multinational firms, examining how government decisions and corporate behavior interplay in the global economy," PIIE president Adam S. Posen said. "We have long engaged with Kimberly in her leadership role at the US Treasury Department, and are thrilled to have her now be a part of the Institute's research team. She will focus her work with PIIE on the collective action problems surrounding international taxation, international trade, and climate change, considering how both international efforts and domestic policy can better reconcile the global nature of economic activity with the national and subnational nature of most government action."

Clausing said, "I have been learning from PIIE for decades, and I'm thrilled to be joining this incredible group of scholars. I look forward to productive collaborations that will further understanding of the most important economic policy issues of our time."

Clausing currently holds the Eric M. Zolt Chair in Tax Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law. During the first part of the Biden Administration, she was the deputy assistant secretary for tax analysis in the US Department of the Treasury, serving as the lead economist in the Office of Tax Policy. Clausing was previously the Thormund A. Miller and Walter Mintz Professor of Economics at Reed College.

Her research examines the taxation of multinational firms and the relationship between government policy and corporate behavior across global markets. She has published numerous articles in this area, and she is the author of Open: The Progressive Case for Free Trade, Immigration, and Global Capital (Harvard University Press, 2019).

Clausing has received two Fulbright Research awards (to Belgium and Cyprus), and her research has been supported by external grants from the National Science Foundation, the Smith Richardson Foundation, the International Centre for Tax and Development, the US Bureau of Economic Analysis, and the Washington Center for Equitable Growth.

Clausing is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and she has worked on economic policy research with the International Monetary Fund, the Hamilton Project, the Brookings Institution, and the Tax Policy Center. She was a nonresident senior fellow at the Center for American Progress from 2019 to 2021. She has testified before the House Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Committee on Finance, and the Joint Economic Committee.

Clausing received her BA from Carleton College in 1991 and her PhD from Harvard University in 1996, both in economics.


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