Moore grew up in New Trier Township, Illinois. He attended Saints Faith Hope & Charity School in Winnetka and graduated from New Trier High School in 1978. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an Master of Arts from George Mason University in economics.
He founded and served as president of the Club for Growth from 1999 to 2004. In 2014, The Heritage Foundation announced that Moore would become its chief economist. In 2015, Moore"s title at Heritage changed from Chief Economist to Distinguished Visiting Fellow.
Moore is known for advocating free-market policies and supply-side economics.
From 1983 through 1987, Moore served as the Grover M. Hermann Fellow in Budgetary Affairs at the Heritage Foundation. In 1987, Moore was research director of President Reagan"s Privatization Commission.
Moore spent ten years as a fellow of the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank. Moore was the senior economist of the Congress Joint Economic Committee under Chairman Dick Armey of Texas, where Moore "was instrumental in creating the FairTax proposal.
Moore founded the Club for Growth in 1999.
Moore was ousted by the group"s board in December 2004, and subsequently announced his resignation. After his ouster from the Club for Growth, Moore founded the 501(c)(4) Free Enterprise Fund with other former Club for Growth members including Arthur Laffer and Mallory Factor. In 2005, Moore left the Free Enterprise Fund to serve on the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal.
On January 21, 2014, the Heritage Foundation announced that Moore would rejoin the think tank as chief economist.
Moore is a contributing editor for National Review. In a 2014 Kansas City Star opinion piece entitled "What"s the matter with Paul Krugman?" Moore responded to Krugman"s opinion piece entitled "Charlatans, Cranks and Kansas." In his piece, Moore claimed that job creation had been superior in low-taxation states during the five years following the recession ending June 2009.
After substantial factual errors were uncovered in Moore"s opinion piece, the Kansas City Star indicated that it would no longer print Moore"s work without "thorough factchecking." Jonathan Chait, in his New York magazine column, in response to Moore"s February 15, 2015 Washington Times column on Obamacare, stated "Perhaps the most revealing aspect of Moore’s column is the fact that, five years after its passage, the chief economist of the most influential conservative think tank in the United States lacks even a passing familiarity with its fiscal objectives".
Moore is a former member of the Wall Street Journal editorial board.
Married; 3 children.