Vance Ginn, PhD, is the chief economist at the Foundation. Ginn works to unlock poverty through relational, inclusive changes in institutions that expand opportunities to let people prosper. He is a prolific writer and a leading free market economist.

Ginn works on many policy areas that support human flourishing. He leads the Foundation’s development of policy recommendations to limit government spending and eliminate burdensome regulations so that taxpayer dollars can be directed to effective programs and to those targeted for help, while strengthening inclusive institutions at the state, local, and federal levels. Ginn also develops and leads a multi-state welfare improvement initiative, known as the Opportunity Project.

During four Texas legislative sessions, Ginn fought for and won many good-government reforms to let people prosper: several Conservative Texas Budgets, stronger spending limits, lower business margin tax, property tax relief, and fewer occupational licensing barriers.

Ginn was the associate director for economic policy of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) at the Executive Office of the President during the Trump administration. In this capacity, he advised the OMB’s director on economic and fiscal policy matters. He managed a team who sought evidence of good government and modeled the economic assumptions in the president’s FY 2021 budget. They proposed to cut a record $4.6 trillion in debt over a decade, made the Trump tax cuts permanent, and noted the need for a fiscal rule. Ginn also provided in-depth analysis during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prior to his work as an economist, Ginn taught multiple economics courses at Sam Houston State University and at Texas Tech University, where he won a teaching award.

Ginn earned his doctorate in economics and a BBA in economics and accounting from Texas Tech University. He received the Defender of the American Dream award from Americans for Prosperity—Texas; the Champion of Freedom award from Grassroots America—We The People; and the Bob Williams Award for Outstanding Policy Achievement from the State Policy Network.