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Monday  04 June 2018  08:30 - 18:00

Trans-Atlantic Public Economics Seminar

Various Speakers 

This event will take place over 4 -5 June 2018.

Income inequality has increased in both the U.S. and the U.K. in the last three decades, generating new interest in the factors that contribute to inequality and the consequences of policies that might affect it.

To provide new insights on the broad topic of inequality and public policy, The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and STICERD have co-sponsored the 2018 Trans-Atlantic Public Economics Seminar at the LSE.

Organizers: Hilary W. Hoynes, Camille Landais, and Johannes Spinnewijn.


STICERD, London School of Economics
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Wednesday  06 June 2018  18:00 - 19:30

STICERD Morishima Lecture: Public Policy and Retirement Security - A Trans-Atlantic Perspective

James Poterba (Mitsui Professor of Economics at MIT and the President of the National Bureau of Economic Research)

Chair: Tim Besley

Retirement pension plans are a major challenge in countries with ageing populations. James Poterba will discuss how their design evolved over the last decades and how the US and UK followed strikingly different paths.

James Poterba is the Mitsui Professor of Economics at MIT and the President of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He has served as President of the Eastern Economic Association and the National Tax Association, as vice president of the American Economic Association, and as a director of the American Finance Association. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Econometric Society. He has also served as a member of the President's Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform in 2005.

Dr Poterba's research focuses on how taxation affects the economic decisions of households and firms, particularly those involving saving and portfolio behaviour. His recent research has analysed 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.

As space is limited, to reserve a place, please email j.dickson@lse.ac.uk.


32L 1.04, 1st Floor Conference Room, LSE, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PH