Privatizing Social Security

Studies | Social Security

No. 217
Wednesday, July 01, 1998
by Laurence J. Kotlikoff


About the Author

Laurence J. Kotlikoff is Professor of Economics at Boston University, Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, Fellow of the Econometric Society and a member of the Executive Committee of the American Economic Association. He received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1973 and his Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University in 1977. From 1977 through 1983 he served on the faculties of economics of the University of California at Los Angeles and Yale University. In 1981-82 Professor Kotlikoff was a Senior Economist with the President's Council of Economic Advisers. Professor Kotlikoff has served as a consultant to the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Swedish Ministry of Finance, the Norwegian Ministry of Finance, the Bank of Italy, the Bank of Japan, the Government of Bolivia, the Treasury of New Zealand, the Office of Management and Budget, the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Joint Committee on Taxation, the American Council of Life Insurance, Merrill Lynch, Fidelity Investments and other major U.S. corporations. He has provided expert testimony on numerous occasions to committees of Congress including the Senate Finance Committee, the House Ways and Means Committee and the Joint Economic Committee. Professor Kotlikoff is coauthor (with Alan Auerbach) of Macroeconomics: An Integrated Approach; author of Generational Accounting, What Determines Savings?; coauthor (with Alan Auerbach) of Dynamic Fiscal Policy; coauthor (with Daniel Smith) of Pensions in the American Economy; and coauthor (with David Wise) of The Wage Carrot and the Pension Stick. He also has published extensively in professional journals, newspapers and magazines on issues of deficits, generational accounting, the tax structure, social security, pensions, saving and insurance. Professor Kotlikoff is an Associate Editor of the Japanese Economic Review and a former Associate Editor of the American Economic Review.


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