Mitsui Professor of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
JAMES POTERBA is the Mitsui Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology and the president of the National Bureau of
Economic Research, a nonprofit research organization with more than 1700
affiliated economists. His recent research has analyzed the determinants
of retirement saving, the draw-down of assets after households reach
retirement, and the role of tax-deferred retirement saving programs such
as 401(k) plans in contributing to retirement security. He has served as
president of the Eastern Economic Association and the National Tax
Association, and as vice president of the American Economic Association.
He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He is a trustee of
the College Retirement Equity Fund, the TIAA-CREF mutual funds. He
holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard College and a D. Phil. in
economics from Oxford University, where he was a Marshall scholar.