Vance Ginn, Ph.D., is chief economist at the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) and the former associate director for economic policy at the White House's Office of Management and Budget. He earned his doctorate in economics at Texas Tech University and has an accomplished career as a policy director and university lecturer with experience in public policy, academia, and government. In these capacities, Dr. Ginn works to unlock poverty through relational, inclusive changes in institutions that expand opportunities to let people prosper. He is a prolific writer and is a leading free market economist who was honored with the “Defender of the American Dream” award by Americans for Prosperity and the “Champion of Freedom” award by Grassroots America—We The People.
From 2007 to 2013, Dr. Ginn lectured multiple economic courses at Texas Tech University, where he won a teaching award, and Sam Houston State University.
From 2013 to 2019, he worked at TPPF as director of the Center for Economic Prosperity and senior economist and previously as economist of the Center for Fiscal Policy during three Texas legislative sessions where he fought and won many good government reforms to let people prosper, like strengthening spending limits, passing Conservative Texas Budgets, cutting the business margins tax, providing property tax relief, and reducing occupational licensing barriers.
From 2019 to 2020, Dr. Ginn served as the associate director for economic policy of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) at the Executive Office of the President during the Trump Administration. In this capacity, he advised the OMB’s director on economic and fiscal policy matters; managed a team who sought evidence of good government and modeled the economic assumptions in the President’s FY 2021 Budget, which proposed to cut a record $4.6 trillion in debt over a decade, made the Trump tax cuts permanent, and noted the need for a fiscal rule; and provided in-depth analysis during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In May 2020, he returned to TPPF to work on many policy areas to support human flourishing. This includes leading the development of policy recommendations to effectively limit government spending and eliminate burdensome regulations so that taxpayer dollars can be prioritized to effective programs and to those intended to help while strengthening inclusive institutions at the state, local, and federal levels. His work also includes developing and leading a multi-state welfare improvement initiative, known as the Opportunity Project.
Dr. Ginn has learned from many failures and uses those lessons to thrive and help others prosper. He gives keynote speeches, appears in major media outlets, publishes papers in top-ranked academic journals, conducts policy research on critical issues, and works to turn papers into policy. Dr. Ginn is instrumental in TPPF’s effort to preserve Texas as a place where Texans can build their careers, raise their families, and live their lives freely. He resides with his wife and two young boys in Round Rock, Texas, and is a drummer who played for a top rock band in Houston.
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