Martin Feldstein

Professor Of Economics At Harvard University

Martin Feldstein is an American economist. He is currently the George F. Baker Professor of Economics at Harvard University, and the president emeritus of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the NBER from 1978 through 2008 (with the exception of 1982-1984). From 1982 to 1984, Feldstein served as chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers and as chief economic advisor to President Ronald Reagan. He has also been a member of the Washington-based financial advisory body the Group of Thirty since 2003.

In 1977, he received the John Bates Clark Medal of the American Economic Association, a prize which was awarded every two years until 2010 when it began to be awarded yearly. It is awarded to the economist under the age of 40 who is judged to have made the greatest contribution to economic science. He is among the 10 most influential economists in the world according to IDEAS/RePEc. He is the author of more than 300 research articles in economics and has made contributions to health economics, international economics, and the economics of national security.

However, he is known primarily for his greater contributions to macroeconomics, public finance and social insurance. Pioneering much of the research on the working mechanism and sustainability of public pension systems, he has advanced the current understanding of the effects of social insurance. Feldstein is an avid advocate of Social Security reform and was a main driving force behind former President George W. Bush’s initiative of partial privatization of the Social Security system. Aside from his contributions to the field of public sector economics, he has also authored other important macroeconomics papers. One of his more well-known papers in this field was his investigation with Charles Horioka of investment behavior in various countries. He and Horioka found that in the long run, capital tends to stay in its home country – that is to say, a nation’s savings is used to fund its investment opportunities. This has since been known as the Feldstein–Horioka puzzle.

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