WASHINGTON—This week, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) named three appointees to the new Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking. The commission, the result of bipartisan legislation authored by Speaker Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), is charged with figuring out the best way for the federal government to analyze data to improve public policy.
“This is part of a better way to fight poverty in America,” Speaker Ryan said. “Right now, Washington measures success by how much it spends, not by how much it helps people. This commission will help change government’s old ways of thinking and make better use of the data we get so that we can make more of a difference in people’s lives. My appointees are all well-respected experts who have devoted their careers to studying these trends, and I am grateful to them for agreeing to serve on the commission.”
The speaker’s appointees to the panel are:
Ron Haskins–Co-Chair. Ron Haskins is a senior fellow in the Economic Studies program and co-director of the Center on Children and Families at the Brookings Institution and senior consultant at the Annie E. Casey Foundation in Baltimore. From February to December of 2002 he was the senior advisor to the president for welfare policy at the White House. Learn more about Ron Haskins.
Bruce Meyer. Bruce D. Meyer, the McCormick Foundation Professor at Chicago Harris, studies poverty and inequality, tax policy, government safety net programs such as unemployment insurance, workers' compensation, food stamps, and Medicaid, and the accuracy of household surveys. Meyer has also served as an advisor to the U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, Human Resources Development Canada, Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation, and Mathematica Policy Research. Learn more about Bruce Meyer.
Robert Hahn. Robert Hahn is director of economics and a professor at the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment at the University of Oxford. He also is an associate at Nuffield College, a senior policy scholar at the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy, and a Robert Schuman Fellow at the European University Institute. Learn more about Robert Hahn.