Laurence Kotlikoff is a William Fairfield Warren Professor at Boston University, a Professor of Economics at Boston University, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the Econometric Society, a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, President of Economic Security Planning, Inc., a company specializing in financial planning software, and the Director of the Tax Analysis Center. Kotlikoff's columns and blogs have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, the Boston Globe, Bloomberg, Forbes, Vox, The Economist, Yahoo.com, Huffington Post and other major publications.
Laurence's Most Recent Stories
- December 23, 2014
If you lose your high-paying job before full retirement age, you don’t lose Social Security benefits you’ve already paid for, says expert Larry Kotlikoff. What you might miss out on, though, is an opportunity to raise your lifetime benefits even higher. Continue reading →
- December 15, 2014
You may be entitled to Social Security benefits on more than one account and believe that you deserve all of those benefits after you and your (ex)-spouses contributed to the Social Security system. But the reality, Larry Kotlikoff explains, is that you can only collect one benefit at a time — whichever is highest. Continue reading →
- December 11, 2014
Even if a same-sex couple is married in a state where same-sex marriage is legal, if they live in a state where it’s not, and one spouse tries to collect spousal or survivor benefits, he or she will not be able to. Despite being a federal program, Social Security defers to state law when deciding who is eligible for those benefits. Larry Kotlikoff explains. Continue reading →
- December 1, 2014
If you live to 100, which is increasingly likely for middle class Americans in decent health, says Social Security expert Larry Kotlikoff, you’ll be extremely happy you waited until age 70 to collect your retirement benefit. Continue reading →
- November 24, 2014
If you are going to file for your Social Security retirement benefit early, and you play your cards right, Larry Kotlikoff has a new trick for you to maximize your benefits.
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