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Laurence Kotlikoff is a Professor of Economics at Boston University, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Fellow of the Econometric Society, Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, President of Economic Security Planning, Inc., and Director of the Fiscal Analysis Center.

Professor Kotlikoff has written 19 books and hundreds of professional articles and Op-Eds. He is a New York Times best-selling author and a frequent television and radio guest. His columns have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, The Boston Globe, Bloomberg, Forbes,, Fortune, and other major publications. In 2014,The Economist named him one of the world’s 25 most influential economists.

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Professor Kotlikoff received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1973 and his Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University in 1977. From 1977 through 1983 he served on the faculties of economics of the University of California, Los Angeles and Yale University.

In 1981-82, Kotlikoff served as a Senior Economist with the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. Kotlikoff has consulted for governments around the world, for major international corporations, and for The World Bank, The International Monetary Fund, The Bank of England, UNICEF, and other international institutions. In 2016, he ran as a registered write-in candidate for President.

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Professor Kotlikoff research and writings span a very wide array of topics. They include carbon policy, banking, inequality, robotization, taxation, Social Security, healthcare, fiscal accounting, personal finance, finance, fiscal solvency, economic growth, demographic change, large scale economic modeling, computational economics. View Books. View Articles.

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Personal Finance

Professor Kotlikoff founded Economic Security Planning, Inc. in 1993. The company’s state-of-the-art, extraordinarily powerful personal financial planning software has been widely acclaimed in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, CNBC, Yahoo, Forbes, and other major media outlets. Currently, the company markets three online software tools: MaxiFi Planner, Maximize My Social Security, and Analyze My Divorce Settlement.

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Professor Kotlikoff, in consultation with a broad array of top economists and former top policymakers, has developed extremely simple and highly practical proposals for reforming our tax system, our healthcare system, our banking system, Social Security system, welfare system, and government accounting system.

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Personal Interests

Professor Kotlikoff is dedicated to making economics make a difference — for our planet, our nation and in our personal lives. His work with foreign governments, corporations, and international institutions has all been highly policy oriented. His co-authored books, You’re Hired!, The Coming Generational Storm,The Clash of Generations, Spend ‘Til the End, and Get What’s Yours as well as his company’s software provide specific advice for improving the planet’s, the nation’s, and our individual economic futures.