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 Fed Fights Inflation: Will History Repeat Itself?
August 04, 2022
Introduction With inflation rising and economic growth slowing, the Federal Reserve (Fed) faces the difficult task of curbing inflation without causing a recession. The Fed fights inflation with higher interest rates which reduce the demand for goods and services. However, higher interest rates also reduce the supply of goods and services. In the worst-case scenario, supply falls faster than demand resulting in “stagflation” – i.e., higher inflation plus higher unemployment plus slow or zero economic growth.
Passing the Buck: How The National Debt Burdens Future Generations
June 27, 2022
Introduction Most economists agree there are times when government borrowing is either necessary or unavoidable, such as wars and recessions. But there is less agreement on how the national debt affects the economy and whether it imposes a disproportionate burden on current or future generations.
Saving Social Security: General Revenue to the Rescue?
June 17, 2022
Introduction Since the last major Social Security reforms enacted in 1983, every annual Trustees’ report has projected benefits would exceed payroll taxes (plus income taxes on benefits) by 2021 or earlier, and the combined retirement and disability trust funds would be depleted between 2029 and 2063. In fact, benefits have exceeded taxes every year since 2010, and the projected depletion date has varied only slightly between 2033 and 2035 for the past decade.[1]