Brendan Duke

Senior Director, Economic Policy



Brendan Duke

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Brendan Duke is a senior director for economic policy at American Progress. His focus is on general economic and labor market issues issues such as wages, employment, wealth, and inflation, in addition to federal tax policy.

Prior to joining American Progress, he was a senior adviser to Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) and staff director of the U.S. Senate Finance Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight.

Previously, he was a senior policy adviser at the White House National Economic Council and volunteer on the Biden-Harris transition team. Duke estimated the cost of various provisions of the American Rescue Plan and of the Biden administration’s Build Back Better plan, as well as helped develop its overall budgetary frameworks. He also worked on the Biden-Harris administration’s Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force, where he served as the National Economic Council’s point person on supply chain data during the port congestion crisis of 2021 and the infant formula crisis of 2022.

This is Duke’s second stint at American Progress, and he has also held positions at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and Congress’ U.S. Joint Economic Committee. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Macalester College and a master’s in public affairs from Princeton University.


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Repealing the Estate Tax Is Phony Populism In the News

Repealing the Estate Tax Is Phony Populism

Brendan V. Duke argues that President Trump's support for repealing the estate tax is incompatible with his campaign populism.


Brendan Duke

Toward a Marshall Plan for America Report

Toward a Marshall Plan for America

The economy is not producing access to a good, stable middle-class life for people who do not go to college. On prudential and ethical grounds, progressives must do more to create decent job opportunities and secure family situations for all working people facing difficult economic conditions not within their control.

Neera Tanden, Carmel Martin, Marc Jarsulic, 6 More Brendan Duke, Ben Olinsky, Melissa Boteach, John Halpin, Ruy Teixeira, Rob Griffin

Trump: Making the Trade Deficit Great Again Report

Trump: Making the Trade Deficit Great Again

President Trump’s combination of tax cuts, hawkish monetary policy, and financial deregulation will cause the U.S. dollar and trade deficit to rise.

Brendan Duke

Raising Wages and Rebuilding Wealth Report
Millions of Americans are still feeling the effects of a painful economic period.

Raising Wages and Rebuilding Wealth

To achieve economic security, middle-class Americans need policies that promote good jobs; a growing, inclusive economy; and affordable child care, higher education, health care, housing, and retirement.

Carmel Martin, Andy Green, Brendan Duke

Workers or Waste? Report
Better disclosure of human capital investments would be a win for investors, managers, and workers. (iStockphoto)

Workers or Waste?

Better disclosure of human capital investments would be a win for investors, managers, and workers.

Angela Hanks, Ethan Gurwitz, Brendan Duke, 1 More Andy Green

When I Was Your Age Report
A woman checks a news website on her smartphone before boarding a train home at the end of her workweek in Chicago, March 2015. (AP/M. Spencer Green)

When I Was Your Age

Despite being more educated and working in a more productive economy, 30-year-olds today barely make more than 30-year-old Baby Boomers did in 1984.

Brendan Duke

Long-Termism or Lemons Report
Specialist Gregg Maloney works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on October 13, 2015. (AP/Richard Drew)

Long-Termism or Lemons

Corporate America’s growing focus on short-term profits instead of long-term value hurts shareholders and the middle class alike. Here is an agenda to nudge markets to focus on the long term.

Marc Jarsulic, Brendan Duke, Michael Madowitz

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