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

Biggest COLA Since 1982 (Just Barely)
October 14, 2021
Earlier this week the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for next year (2022) would be 5.9 percent.  That’s slightly more than the 5.8 percent increase in 2008, and the biggest increase since 1982.[1]
Can't Fit a Size 12 Foot in a Size 6 Shoe
October 07, 2021
As Democrats in Congress continue to meet with President Biden to determine the ultimate size and scope of their social spending plan, it’s worth taking a minute to step back and consider the monumental dilemma they face – they have promised more than they can possibly deliver.
Has the Baby Boom Gone Bust?
October 01, 2021
Introduction The annual Social Security and Medicare Trustees’ reports make numerous economic and demographic assumptions to project the long-term financial status of these two programs.  Among these assumptions is the average number of births women will have over their lifetime.  The number of births, along with immigration, determines the number of workers available to fund future benefits.  Fewer workers mean bigger deficits for both programs.