Our Staff

Steve Robinson
Steve Robinson
Chief Economist

Steve Robinson is the chief economist at the Concord Coalition, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to educating the public and finding common sense solutions to our nation’s fiscal policy challenges.

Prior to joining Concord, Mr. Robinson served over three decades as an advisor to senior administration officials and members of congress, including the Social Security Administration, the Joint Economic Committee, the Senate Finance Committee, and the House and Senate Budget Committees.  He played a key role in the development of the Social Security Protection Act of 2004, and Title III of the Senate immigration bill in 2006.  Robinson has conducted public policy seminars for the Government Affairs Institute at Georgetown University; and he was recognized by National Journal as one of “The Hill 100” key congressional staff for his work on Social Security.

Robinson is a graduate of the University of West Georgia, BA Mass Communications, and the University of London, MSc Finance and Economic Policy.

Recent Publications

The Potential Cost of New Entitlements
June 15, 2021
Introduction President Biden’s FY 2022 budget proposes to spend nearly $1.7 trillion over the next ten years on several new or expanded entitlement programs for children, college students, the elderly, and the disabled.  The budget also contains various tax increases intended to pay for these programs.  But the possibility exists that these programs will cost more than projected, and the taxes will generate less revenue than projected, or both.
What’s Up with Falling Birth Rates?
May 14, 2021
What’s Up with Falling Birth Rates? May 2021 Last week the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) released provisional birth data for 2020.(1)  Most of the media coverage focused on the fact that the number of births (3.6 million) was the lowest since 1979, and the general fertility rate (the number of births per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44), fell to its lowest level ever recorded (55.8). (2)
In Search of the Proverbial “Free Lunch”
May 14, 2021
Introduction