Laurence Kotlikoff

William Fairfield Warren Professor

Teaches KHC EC 101: Financial Crises—Past, Present, and Future

Laurence J. 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 Fiscal Analysis Center. Professor Kotlikoff is a New York Times best selling author and an active columnist. His 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,, Huffington Post and other major publications. In addition, he is a frequent guest on major television and radio stations. In 2014, he was named by the Economist as one of the world’s 25 most influential economists.

Professor Kotlikoff received his BA in economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1973 and his PhD 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. From 1981 to 1982, Professor Kotlikoff was a senior economist with the President’s Council of Economic Advisers.

Professor Kotlikoff is author or co-author of 17 books and hundreds of professional journal articles. His most recent book, Get What’s Yours—the Secrets of Maxing Out Your Social Security Benefits (co-authored with Philip Moeller and Paul Solman, Simon & Schuster) is a runaway New York Times best seller. His other recent books are The Clash of Generations (co-authored with Scott Burns, MIT Press), The Economic Consequences of the Vickers Commission (Civitas), Jimmy Stewart Is Dead (John Wiley & Sons), Spend ‘Til the End, (co-authored with Scott Burns, Simon & Schuster), The Healthcare Fix (MIT Press), The Coming Generational Storm (co-authored with Scott Burns, MIT Press), and Generational Policy (MIT Press). Through his company, Professor Kotlikoff has designed the nation’s top-ranked personal financial planning software and Social Security lifetime benefit maximization software.

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 Ukraine, the government of Bolivia, the government of Bulgaria, the treasury of New Zealand, the Office of Management and Budget, the US Department of Education, the US Department of Labor, the Joint Committee on Taxation, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the American Council of Life Insurance, Merrill Lynch, Fidelity Investments, AT&T, AON Corp., and other major US 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.

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