Daniel Heil

Research Fellow
Biography: 

Danny Heil is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution whose focus is on the federal budget, tax policy, and the federal antipoverty programs.

Heil’s interests include replacing failed policies with state and federal initiatives that alleviate poverty by encouraging workforce participation and human capital development. He has also written on the perils of telecommunication regulations and the economic effects of e-business.

Heil served as Governor Jeb Bush’s economic policy adviser during the 2016 presidential campaign, counseling him on the federal budget, tax policy, and the federal antipoverty programs.

Heil received a master’s of public policy degree with a specialization in economics and American politics from Pepperdine University.

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A Temporary Deal, A Permanent Increase

by Daniel Heilvia Budget Matters, America Off Balance
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

The Senate’s August recess is almost here. Senators are looking forward to a respite from the DC humidity. Before they depart for their home states, however, they are looking to quickly pass the budget deal the House passed last week.

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The Budget Calculator

by Daniel Heilvia Budget Matters, America Off Balance
Friday, July 26, 2019

Can you balance the budget and save us from the debt crisis? Get ready to make some hard trade-offs.

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A FaceApp For The Federal Budget

by Daniel Heilvia Budget Matters, America Off Balance
Thursday, July 25, 2019

Over the last month, social media accounts have been filled with wrinkles and gray hair. With the help of the mobile app FaceApp, people are fast-forwarding the aging process to see what they might look like years from now.

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Social Safety Nets

by John F. Cogan, Edward Paul Lazear, Lee Ohanian, Daniel Heilvia PolicyEd
Thursday, July 11, 2019

The federal government spends trillions of dollars each year on social safety net programs that take many different forms. Some provide cash assistance, and others provide health care, food, or housing. With so much money being spent on so many programs, it can be difficult to comprehend the extent of the US social safety net, its effectiveness, and its shortcomings. 

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Taking Our Medicine

by Daniel Heilvia Budget Matters, America Off Balance
Thursday, May 30, 2019

The federal budget can be hard to comprehend. Billions of dollars are spent each day on thousands of different programs and agencies. Despite the complexities, skyrocketing deficits mean it is more important than ever to know how the trillions of federal dollars are spent each year.

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Taking Our Medicine

by Daniel Heilvia Budget Matters, America Off Balance
Tuesday, May 28, 2019

The federal budget can be hard to comprehend. Billions of dollars are spent each day on thousands of different programs and agencies. Despite the complexities, skyrocketing deficits mean it is more important than ever to know how the trillions of federal dollars are spent each year.

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The US Debt—Causes And Consequences

featuring John B. Taylor, Michael J. Boskin, John F. Cogan, John H. Cochrane, Daniel Heilvia PolicyEd
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

The federal government is borrowing at unprecedented rates. Spending regularly exceeds revenue, and this shortfall is predicted to grow dramatically in the near future. The result is a large and growing federal debt that threatens future Americans’ prosperity and security. What are the consequences of this higher federal debt and what can we do about it?

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Standardize, Don't Itemize

by Daniel Heilvia Budget Matters, America Off Balance
Thursday, April 18, 2019

The nation’s procrastinators had a busy weekend looking for that W-2 they received in January. With any luck, they found it and completed their tax return with time to spare. Tax Day has now passed. Accountants have put down their calculators and are readying their vacation plans.

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Budget Myopia

by Daniel Heilvia Budget Matters, America Off Balance
Wednesday, March 27, 2019

For politicians, it is tough to think beyond the next news cycle—let alone beyond the next election. Unfortunately, this way of thinking dictates how we spend. Budget debates are focused on the next year while long-term considerations go undiscussed.

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The $22 Trillion Debt Is Gross

by Daniel Heilvia Budget Matters, America Off Balance
Monday, February 25, 2019

Last week the US Treasury Department released new figures on the national debt. Typically, this would not be newsworthy. Treasury provides daily updates—down to the penny—on current debt levels. Last week’s update, however, included a new milestone: debt surpassed $22 trillion.

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