Lucas Goodman

I am an economist at the Office of Tax Analysis at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. This website is my own and does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the Treasury Department.

I received my PhD in economics from the University of Maryland in May 2018. During my final two years at UMD, I also worked part-time as a research assistant at the Joint Committee on Taxation.

My research interests include public finance broadly, with a special focus on tax policy. Prior to joining JCT, I studied the effect of the Affordable Care Act Medicaid Expansion on migration decisions of low-income individuals. I also studied the effect of extended unemployment insurance on aggregate employment during the Great Recession and its recovery. At JCT, I worked with tax data to study tax evasion and avoidance, taxpayer response to savings incentives, and the dynamics of earnings and losses for multinational enterprises. At OTA, my primary research interests lie in (1) the tax-advantaged retirement system and (2) how firms respond to changes in tax incentives for investment and other activity.

I was born near Boston, Massachusetts. I lived in New England until the age of 12, when my family moved to Seattle, Washington. I returned to Boston for my undergrad years to study at MIT. At MIT, I majored in Economics with a minor in Mathematics. I was also member of the varsity heavyweight rowing team; I served as team co-captain in my junior and senior years. After graduating MIT, I worked as a research assistant for Robert Pozen, who is a Brookings Fellow and Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School. I am married to my husband of six years Cormac Early, and we live in Washington, DC.