James Pethokoukis

James Pethokoukis
Economic Analyst and Columnist, American Enterprise Institute

James Pethokoukis is the DeWitt Wallace Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

Previously, he was the Washington columnist for Reuters Breakingviews, the opinion and commentary wing of Thomson Reuters.

Pethokoukis was the business editor and economics columnist for U.S. News & World Report from 1997 to 2008. He has written for many publications, including The New York Times, The Weekly Standard, Commentary, National Review, The Week, USA Today and Investor's Business Daily. In addition, he has appeared as a guest numerous times on MSNBC, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, The McLaughlin Group, CNN and Nightly Business Report on PBS.

A graduate of Northwestern University and the Medill School of Journalism, Pethokoukis is 2002 Jeopardy! Champion.

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  • Obama's tax proposal: Wealthy vs. income

    Is there any linkage between income and equality and economic growth in advanced economies? CNBC contributor James Pethokoukis says no. Jared Bernstein provides perspective into President Obama's State of the Union Address.

  • Labor market dropouts Monday, 29 Dec 2014 | 4:39 PM ET
    Labor market dropouts

    Despite an improving economy, James Pethokoukis, American Enterprise Institute, discusses the longer term implications of unemployment.

  • Phase out gas tax: Pethokoukis Monday, 8 Dec 2014 | 2:15 PM ET
    Phase out gas tax; Need infrastructure bank: Pethokoukis

    Debating whether the gas tax should be raised, with CNBC contributor James Pethokoukis and Ed Rendell, former Governor of Pennsylvania.