Senior Director for Fiscal and Economic Policy
James Parrott is Director of Economic and Fiscal Policies at the Center for New York City Affairs. He has over 30 years of experience in New York City economic and fiscal issues from positions in city and state government and the private sector. Most recently he was deputy director and chief economist of the Fiscal Policy Institute. He regularly analyzes the city’s economy and job market and has written extensively on topics including income inequality and the City and State budgets and tax policies. His research helped bring over $20 million in federal funds to New York following 9/11 to aid dislocated workers, and he coordinated the economic research in support of New York State’s $15 minimum wage policies adopted in 2015 and 2016. He has been one of the leaders in the citywide campaign to raise wages for nonprofit workers providing services under government contract. James was co-author along with UC Berkeley’s Michael Reich in the 2018 path-breaking analysis of app-dispatched drivers in New York City for the City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission, An Earnings Standard for New York City’s App-based Drivers: Economic Analysis and Policy Assessment. He is a frequent media commentator on economic and fiscal issues, and his writing has appeared in The New York Times and The American Prospect. He has served on various city and state task forces and advisory bodies, including on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Tax Reform and Fairness Commission. Currently he is serving on the New York City Advisory Commission on Property Tax Reform, jointly appointed by Mayor Bill deBlasio and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson.
Ph.D., Economics, University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
M.A., Economics, University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
B.A., American Studies, Illinois Wesleyan University
Gig Economy & Future of Work