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11.12.04
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Laurence Kotlikoff Biography

In the wake of a hard-fought election with a divided nation looking toward the next four years, campaign proposals about deficits, taxes, and Social Security are on the table. NOW's David Brancaccio talks with economist Laurence Kotlikoff, author of COMING GENERATIONAL STORM: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT AMERICA'S ECONOMIC FUTURE, about what may be ahead for ordinary Americans.

Laurence Kotlikoff

Laurence J. Kotlikoff is Professor of Economics at Boston University, Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, Fellow of the Econometric Society, a former member of the Executive Committee of the American Economic Association, and President of Economic Security Planning, Inc., a company specializing in financial planning software.

Professor Kotlikoff 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, 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 many national and international government groups including the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the Organization for Economic Cooperation, the Office of Management and Budget, the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Labor and many others. He has also served as a consultant to many business concerns including The American Council of Life Insurance, Merrill Lynch, Fidelity Investments, AT&T, and other major U.S. corporations. Professor Kotlikoff 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.

In addition to his new book, The COMING GENERATIONAL STORM: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT AMERICA'S ECONOMIC FUTURE, co-authored with Scott Burns, Professor Kotlikoff is author of numerous books and articles on issues of deficits, generational accounting, the tax structure, social security, pensions, saving, and insurance.

Partial Bibliography:

  • ESSAYS ON SAVING, BEQUESTS, ALTRUISM, AND LIFE-CYCLE PLANNING
  • With Alan Auerbach, MACROECONOMICS: AN INTEGRATED APPROACH
  • GENERATIONAL ACCOUNTING
  • WHAT DETERMINES SAVINGS?
  • With Alan Auerbach, DYNAMIC FISCAL POLICY
  • With Daniel Smith, PENSIONS IN THE AMERICAN ECONOMY
  • With David Wise, THE WAGE CARROT AND THE PENSION STICK


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