Henry J. Aaron

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Henry Jacob Aaron (born 1936) is the Bruce and Virginia MacLaury Senior Fellow in the Economics program at the Brookings Institution, where he has been employed since 1968. He served as director of the program from 1990 through 1996. During 1996-1997 he was a Guggenheim Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. In 1997-1998 he was Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare and the next year he chaired the Advisory Council on Social Security. On September 8, 2014 Aaron’s nomination by President Obama to be Chairman of the Social Security Advisory Board was confirmed by the Senate by a vote of 54-43.[1]

Aaron is a member of the Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the advisory committee of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. He has been vice-president and member of the executive committee of the American Economics Association and president of the Association of Public Policy and Management. He has also served on the board of trustees of Georgetown University and the board of directors of the College Retirement Equity Fund (CREF). [2]


  • Values and Public Policy
  • Countdown to Reform: the great social security debate
  • VAT: experiences of some European Countries
  • Uneasy Compromise: problems of a hybrid income-consumption tax
  • The Economics of Taxation
  • Setting National Priorities: policy for the nineties
  • Retirement and Economic Behavior
  • Economic Effects of Social Security
  • Economic Choices
  • The Problem that Won't Go Away: reforming US health care financing


  1. ^ "Congressional Record 113th Congress (2013-2014)". THOMAS. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Henry J. Aaron" (PDF). www.brookings.edu. Retrieved November 7, 2011. 

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