Butler is a Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at The Brookings Institution.
Prior to joining Brookings, Butler spent 35 years at The Heritage Foundation,
as Director of the Center for Policy Innovation and earlier as Vice-President
for Domestic and Economic Policy Studies. He is also a Visiting Fellow at
the Convergence Center for Policy Resolution. He is a member of the editorial
board of Health Affairs and the
board of Mary’s Center, a group of Washington DC-area community health centers.
Butler also serves on several advisory
councils, including for the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, the
Aspen Institute’s Family Prosperity Innovation Community, and the March of
Dimes. He is also a member of the Advisory Group for the National Academy’s
Culture of Health Program.
Previously he was a member of the
Board on Health Care Services of the National Academy of Medicine, and served
on the panel of health advisers for the Congressional Budget Office. For over
10 years he taught as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s McCourt
School of Public Policy and in 2002 he was an Institute of Politics Fellow at
Harvard University. In 1990, he served as a member of Housing Secretary Jack
Kemp’s Advisory Commission on Regulatory Barriers to Affordable Housing.
Most recently, Butler has played a
prominent role in the debate over health care and reform, arguing for solutions
based on individual choice, state innovation, market competition, and social
determinants of health. He has also been working on a wide range of other
issues, including budget process reform, the future of higher education,
economic mobility, and federal entitlement reform.
Butler was born in Shrewsbury, England and emigrated to the United States in
1975. He was educated at St. Andrews University in Scotland, where he received
a Bachelor of Science degree in physics and mathematics in 1968, a Master of
Arts degree in economics and history in 1971, and a Ph.D. in American economic
history in 1978.