How Much Do Americans Depend on Social Security?

Policy Reports | Social Security

No. 301
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
by Laurence J. Kotlikoff, Ben Marx and Pietro Rizza

About the Authors

Laurence J. Kotlikoff , a senior fellow with the National Center for Policy Analysis, is a professor of economics at Boston University, research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, fellow of the Econometric Society, a member of the Executive Committee of the American Economic Association and president of Economic Security Planning, Inc., a company specializing in financial planning software. Prof. Kotlikoff received his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1973 and his Doctor of Philosophy degree in economics from Harvard University in 1977. From 1977 through 1983 he served on the faculties of economics of the University of California – Los Angeles and Yale University. In 1981-1982 Prof. Kotlikoff was a senior economist with the President's Council of Economic Advisers. Prof. Kotlikoff is coauthor (with Scott Burns) of The Coming Generational Storm; coauthor (with Alan Auerbach) of Macroeconomics: An Integrated Approach and Dynamic Fiscal Policy ; author of Generational Accounting and What Determines Savings? ; coauthor (with Daniel Smith) of Pensions in the American Economy ; and coauthor (with David Wise) of The Wage Carrot and the Pension Stick . In addition, he has published extensively in professional journals, newspapers and magazines.

Ben Marx was a research assistant to Prof. Laurence J. Kotlikoff at Boston University and is now a first-year student graduate program for a Doctor of Philosophy degree in economics at Columbia University.

Pietro Rizza is an economist with the Bank of Italy and a candidate for a Doctor of Philosophy degree in economics at Boston University.

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