James Poterba, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Economics Professor Cambridge, Massachusetts poterba@mit.edu Office: (617) 253-6673

Bio/Research

James Poterba is the Mitsui Professor of Economics. He is also the President of the National Bureau of Economic Research and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Econometric Society. He is the Past President of the National Tax Association, a former Vice President of the ...

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Bio/Research

James Poterba is the Mitsui Professor of Economics. He is also the President of the National Bureau of Economic Research and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Econometric Society. He is the Past President of the National Tax Association, a former Vice President of the American Economic Association, and a former Director of the American Finance Association.

Dr. Poterba's research focuses on how taxation affects the economic decisions of households and firms.

Dr. Poterba served as a member of the President's Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform in 2005. He is a trustee of the College Retirement Equity Fund (CREF) and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. He edited the Journal of Public Economics, the leading international journal for research on taxation and government spending, between 1997 and 2006. He is a member of the advisory board of the Journal of Wealth Management.

Dr. Poterba studied Economics as an undergraduate at Harvard, and received the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Economics from Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar. He has been an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow, a Batterymarch Fellow, a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences, and a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.



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