Dr. Martin Feldstein Profile

One of the top most influential economists in the world, Dr. Martin Feldstein has served in three different presidential administrations. He uses his expertise and unrivaled experience to predict the impact that government interventions have on the economy, breaking down the details for both academic and general audiences.

Dr. Feldstein currently serves as president emeritus of the National Bureau of Economic Research and George F. Baker Professor of Economics at Harvard University. Since his own graduation from Harvard he has advocated that economists dedicate their careers to completing useful work on public policy, a belief he modeled starting from his early research on the sustainability of public pension systems. His extensive research in public finance has secured him economic policy advisory positions under three presidents: Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.

Dr. Feldstein also demonstrates an extraordinary legacy as a teacher. For over 20 years he taught Harvard University’s largest class, their introductory economics course. Currently he lectures on American economic policy and public sector economics.

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      • Martin Feldstein is the George F. Baker Professor of Economics at Harvard University and President Emeritus of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He served as President and CEO of the NBER from 1977-82 and 1984-2008. He continues as a Research Associaate of the NBER. The NBER is a private, nonprofit research organization that has specialized for more than 80 years in producing nonpartisan studies of the American economy.

    From 1982 through 1984, Martin Feldstein was Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers and President Reagan′s chief economic adviser. He served as President of the American Economic Association in 2004. In 2006, President Bush appointed him to be a member of the President′s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board. In 2009, President Obama appointed him to be a member of the President′s Economic Recovery Advisory Board.

    Dr. Feldstein is a member of the American Philosophical Society, a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, a Fellow of the Econometric Society and a Fellow of the National Association of Business Economics. He is a Trustee of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the Trilateral Commission, the Group of 30, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Council of Academic Advisors of the American Enterprise Institute.

    Dr. Feldstein has received honorary doctorates from several universities and is an Honorary Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford. In 1977, he received the John Bates Clark Medal of the American Economic Association, a prize awarded every two years to the economist under the age of 40 who is judged to have made the greatest contribution to economic science. He is the author of more than 300 research articles in economics.

    Dr. Feldstein has been a director of several public corporations and is currently a director of Eli Lilly. He is also an economic adviser to several businesses and government organizations in the United States and abroad. He is a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal and other publications.

    Martin Feldstein is a graduate of Harvard College and Oxford University. He was born in New York City in 1939. His wife, Kathleen, is also an economist.

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Dr. Martin Feldstein uses his decades of research to paint a picture of America’s economic future while offering specific advice on policies he feels that governments should pursue. Veteran scholar, national economic policy advisor, and teacher, he helps audiences understand the complexities of current global economics as well as identify catalysts that may drive the market in the future. Currently focusing his research on American monetary policy, changes in European economies, and international and domestic reforms in China, Dr. Feldstein applies a holistic approach as he diagnoses the nation’s present financial state and prescribes specific tactics for its future wellbeing.

Facts & Forecasts Regarding Economic Decisions: What’s Coming Next
A lively speaker and prolific author, Feldstein’s academic career, government service and private appointments give him a unique perspective into the current debates on both the economy, domestic and worldwide and healthcare.

The Root of the Economic Woes and the Need to Address the Fundamental Cause
Savvy economists saw it coming. The bubble in the housing prices, high loan to value ratio for millions of homeowners and the manner in which mortgages were securitized was not a formula for long-term economic success. The result was household wealth degradation and destruction of capital financial institutions that hold mortgages and mortgage-backed securities.

While the country hopes that recent financial rescue plans will bring back the confidence needed to revive the financial system, has the root of the problem been addressed and where do we go from here? In this revealing presentation customized for your organization from one of the world′s leading economists, Martin Feldstein, shares his insights into the current, and complex, economic dynamics; What results we can expect from recent congressional and federal government initiatives; What initiatives will get the economy back on track.

The Great Tax Debate: What the New Administration′s Tax Plan Means for You, Your Organization and the Country.
Since the Sons of Liberty threw casks of tea into the Boston Harbor, taxation has been a hot topic for Americans. The next president has promised to pursue a very specific approach regarding tax policies based on advice from a litany of renowned experts with substantial economic experience. So, what will the Obama Administration′s plan mean for you, your organization and the country?

Martin Feldstein, who has been called one of the ten best economists in the world and stands as an economic research pioneer. In this compelling presentation, he reviews: The plans presented by the President Obama and how the plan will work in practice; What initiatives are likely to produce jobs, increase wages and investment in business; How tax policy may impact healthcare; Fact versus fiction in the tax debate.

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Books by Dr. Martin Feldstein:

Privatizing Social Security (National Bureau of Economic Research Project Report)

This volume represents the most important work to date on one of the pressing policy issues of the moment: the privatization of social security. Although social security is facing enormous fiscal pressure in the face of an aging population, there has been relatively little published on the fundamentals of essential reform through privatization. Privatizing Social Security fills this void by studying the methods and problems involved in shifting from the current system to one based on mandatory saving in individual accounts.

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