February 27, 2015

Keith Hall to Direct Congressional Budget Office: Mercatus Center Commends Hall’s Continued Success

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Arlington, Va.—Starting April 1, Keith Hall will become the next Director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Hall worked as a senior research fellow for the Mercatus Center at George Mason University from April 2012 to September 2014. 

“Keith Hall is a first-rate economist who understands fiscal responsibility and the importance of honest and accurate reporting of the numbers,” said Tyler Cowen, general director of the Mercatus Center.  “I expect he will do a great job.”

Now in its 40th year, the CBO supports the Congressional budget process by producing independent analyses of budgetary and economic issues. CBO is nonpartisan and does not make policy recommendations. 

Hall’s research at Mercatus focused on labor markets, labor market policy, and economic data.  His Mercatus publications include Opportunity, Mobility, and Inequality in Today’s Economy, Dreams Deferred: Young Workers and Recent Graduates in the U.S. Economyand The Employment Costs of RegulationsHall’s Mercatus Center biography, with links to his research and media appearances, is available at

Before his employment at the Mercatus Center, Hall served as the 13th Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Chief Economist for the White House Council of Economic Advisors, and the Chief Economist for the US Department of Commerce.