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New Gig

As of Monday, I have left the Center for American Progress, and have moved to the Economic Policy Institute to become their Research and Policy Director.
Looks like I need to update my bio
Of course you can still find me at occasionally at
Old CAP bio:
John S. Irons, Director of Tax and Budget Policy
John S. Irons, Ph.D., is the Director of Tax and Budget Policy at the Center for American Progress, where he specializes in federal tax policy, federal budget issues, and the U.S. economy. Prior to joining American Progress, he was a Senior Economic Research and Policy Analyst and Staff Economist at OMB Watch, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting government accountability and citizen participation. Prior to coming to Washington, D.C., Dr. Irons was a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Economics at Amherst College. He has also worked at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and briefly at the Brookings Institution and the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Dr. Irons’ academic publications have appeared in several journals including the Journal of Monetary Economics, Journal of Applied Econometrics, Review of Financial Economics and the Eastern Economic Journal. He is co-editor (with N. Ericsson) of Testing Exogeneity, published by Oxford University Press. He has authored numerous reports and articles on tax and budget policy, as well as on the economy. He has been quoted in numerous national and local print publications and has appeared on television and radio programs commenting on various economic policy issues. He has been a guest lecturer and has presented research at many colleges and universities including American University, Harvard University, Middlebury College, MIT, University of Missouri, University of Nebraska, and others.
Dr. Irons was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, as well as a Graduate Fellowship from the Harvard/MIT Research Training Group in Positive Political Economy. He has won several awards for his economics websites, including top-5 awards from The Economist and Forbes. He has also been an occasional “econo-blogger” for the Wall Street Journal.
He currently serves on the Committee on Electronic Publishing of the American Economic Association, and on the board of nonprofit institutions, including the Coalition on Human Needs. He was recently elected to the Board of Governors of the National Economists Club.
Dr. Irons holds a B.A. with High Honors in Economics from Swathmore College, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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