James M. Poterba
James M. Poterba
|Spouse(s)||Nancy Lin Rose|
|Institution||Massachusetts Institute of Technology|
|Alma mater||Harvard University|
University of Oxford
|Awards||NAS Award for Scientific Reviewing (1997)|
|Information at IDEAS / RePEc|
James Michael "Jim" Poterba, FBA (born July 13, 1958) is an American economist, Mitsui Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and current NBER president and chief executive officer.
Poterba started his career as an instructor in Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He became Professor of Economics at MIT in 1988. Today, he is the Mitsui Professor of Economics.  He became the president of the National Bureau of Economic Research on 1 July 2008.
Poterba is known for his research on how taxation affects the economic decisions of households and firms. His research has emphasized the effect of taxation on the financial behavior of households, particularly their saving and portfolio decisions. He is also interested in the analysis of tax-deferred retirement saving programs such as 401(k) plans and in the role of annuities in financing retirement consumption.
He has also been Director of the NBER Public Economics Research Program since 1991. He has served as a member of the President's Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform and edited the Journal of Public Economics, the leading international journal for research on taxation and government spending, between 1997 and 2006. He has edited several economics journals.
- "James Michael Poterba". Retrieved 22 December 2018.
- David Cutler (1991). Estimating the effect of reimbursement policy on medical outcomes (Ph.D.). MIT. Retrieved 22 December 2018.
- Luigi Zingales (1992). The value of corporate control (Ph.D.). MIT. hdl:1721.1/13214?show=full.
- Caroline Hoxby (1994). Markets and schooling: the effects of competition from private schools, competition among public schools, and teachers' unions on elementary and secondary schooling (Ph.D.). MIT. hdl:1721.1/12001.
- Steven Levitt (1994). Four essays in positive political economy (Ph.D.). MIT. hdl:1721.1/11964.
- Emmanuel Saez (1999). Essays on the economics of income taxation (Ph.D.). MIT. hdl:1721.1/38434.
- Finkelstein, Amy (2001), Adverse selection and government intervention in life and health insurance markets. Ph.D. dissertation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Retrieved 22 December 2018.
- Stefanie Stantcheva (2014). Optimal taxation with endogenous wages (Ph.D.). MIT. hdl:1721.1/90133.
- "Book of Members, 1780–2010: Chapter P" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 22 December 2018.
- "NAS Award for Scientific Reviewing". National Academy of Sciences. Archived from the original on March 18, 2011. Retrieved February 27, 2011.
- "Elections to the British Academy celebrate the diversity of UK research". British Academy. 21 July 2017. Retrieved 22 December 2018.