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Paul Winfree

  • Director, Thomas A Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies

Paul Winfree is the Director of the Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation.

Winfree returned to Heritage in 2015, after serving as Director of Income Security Policy at the U.S. Senate Committee on the Budget.  As director, he was responsible for the Budget Committee’s work on tax and health policy, Social Security, and welfare. During his time with the Committee, Winfree was actively involved in the development of a variety of legislative proposals and is known for his expertise on the federal budget and appropriations processes.

Prior to joining the Committee in 2011, Winfree was a Senior Policy Analyst in Simulations at Heritage. Here, he focused on economic mobility in America. He developed a health insurance microsimulation model, which estimated how changes in federal health policy affect federal budgetary outcomes. Part of this research was included in a series of papers published by Pew Charitable Trusts in conjunction with related work by scholars at other Washington-based think tanks. Winfree’s research was also published in The Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, USA Today, and many other regional publications.

Additionally, Winfree served on a World Economic Forum commission to study alternative measure of economic performance.  He also specialized in health economics and applied econometrics. One example of his work involved estimating the degree to which publicly provided insurance causes a decrease in private health insurance. These "crowding-out" estimates played a crucial role in recent debates over expansions of the State Children's Health Insurance Program, or S-CHIP.

Winfree is a doctoral candidate at London School of Economics and Political Science, where he also earned a Master of Science Degree in Economics and Economic History. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from George Mason University.

He resides with his wife and son in Virginia.

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