• Rich Barlow

    Senior Writer

    Photo: Headshot of Rich Barlow, an older white man with dark grey hair and wearing a grey shirt and grey-blue blazer, smiles and poses in front of a dark grey backdrop.

    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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There are 7 comments on BU’s Kotlikoff One of Most Influential Economists

  1. Perhaps it is the debt his two boys stand to inherit that motivates Professor Kotlikoff’s economic perspective?

    “What we confront is not just an economics problem. It’s a moral issue. Will we continue to hide most of the bills we are bequeathing our children? Or will we, at long last, systematically measure all the bills and set about reducing them?”

    I have listened to his common sense thoughts on our unresolved national financial crisis and find myself extremely perplexed as too why more mainstream economists are not echoing his concerns after all Professor Kotlikoff is not the only one with children and grandchildren.

    Of course career politicians would rather kick the can down the road than confront that fact that they have repeatedly been reelected by making promises funded through inflation (a.k.a. debasement of the currency. These same promises would never pass muster if the politicians actually had to get we the people to agree to pay the taxes necessary to fund all this chronic government largess.

  2. Congrats to Professor Kotlikoff and BU Econ. It is unfortunate, though, that the professor has limited his focus of generational equity to the social security program, when their are so many more pressing issues confronting young people today. Between the high costs of housing and student debt, the younger generations are being screwed.

    1. Unfortunately the young and old must have some skin in the game to fix the problems resulting of decades of unrealistic political promises. The elderly who voted for bread and circuses will have to see some realistic reductions in the their benefits and their children will most likely have to step up to plate and help care for their aging parents as did generations before the advent of the inflation funded nanny state. Sadly recent data suggest that unlike the parents, most baby boomers have not saved enough for retirement which means many of them will become financially dependent on their adult children.

  3. I wonder why the developer of ESPlanner, a retirement planning vehicle used at BU, wasn’t on the committee overhauling BU’s benefit plans? I would like to hear Prof. Kotlikoff’s opinion regarding the 2016 changes proposed.

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