Laurence Kotlikoff

Chairman and Professor, Department of Economics, Boston University

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 the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the Harvard Institute for International Development, 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 Bank of England, the Government of Russia, the Government of Bolivia, the Government of Bulgaria, 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 Commonwealth of Massachusetts, The American Council of Life Insurance, Merrill Lynch, Fidelity Investments, AT&T, 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 author of Essays on Saving, Bequests, Altruism, and Life-Cycle Planning, co-author (with Alan Auerbach) of Macroeconomics: An Integrated Approach, author of Generational Accounting, author of What Determines Savings?, co-author (with Alan Auerbach) of Dynamic Fiscal Policy, co-author (with Daniel Smith) of Pensions in the American Economy, and co-author (with David Wise) of The Wage Carrot and the Pension Stick, and has published extensively in professional journals, newspapers, and magazines on issues of deficits, generational accounting, the tax structure, social security, pensions, saving, and insurance.