Paul Winfree, an economist and leading voice in Washington for free markets and fiscal responsibility, is director of the Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation. He also is the think tank’s inaugural Richard F. Aster fellow.
On the Senate staff as well as at The Heritage Foundation, Winfree has fought for opportunity for all and a smaller, less expensive, less intrusive, and more effective government. He spearheads many of Heritage’s most important projects, including major elements of the Mandate for Leadership series of documents that provides guidance for the next president.
Winfree, previously a senior policy analyst in Heritage’s Center for Data Analysis, returned to the think tank in 2015 after serving as director of income security at the Senate Committee on the Budget.
He was responsible for the committee’s work on tax, health, and welfare policy. He also helped develop legislative proposals, including congressional budget resolutions and annual appropriations bills.
On Feb. 25, 2016, Winfree was named Heritage’s first Aster fellow. The fellowship was endowed by entrepreneur Richard F. Aster Jr., who created the Meridian Growth Fund, a mutual fund managed for long-term growth of capital that helped Americans achieve financial security. Aster, who died in 2012, was a longtime donor to Heritage in support of its work to advance free market principles.
During his first stint at Heritage, Winfree’s research focused on health economics, public finance, and microeconomic modeling. He developed a health insurance microsimulation model that is used extensively by analysts to estimate how changes in federal health policy affect federal budgetary outcomes.
Winfree has published on the issue of economic mobility in America through work with Pew Charitable Trusts in conjunction with related work by scholars at other Washington-based think tanks.
His research has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, USA Today, The Hill, and Morning Consult, among other publications. He is a regular contributor to The Daily Signal, the multimedia news organization of The Heritage Foundation.
Winfree’s work on advisory councils, commissions, and policy coalitions includes his participation in Budget Roundtable, a group of preeminent federal budget experts from a variety of disciplines who think through fundamental reforms of the budget process. He served on a World Economic Forum commission to study alternative measures of economic performance.
Winfree, who grew up in Williamsburg, Va., 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 currently resides in Springfield, Va.
Follow him on Twitter @paulwinfree