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Professor James Poterba FBA

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About this Fellow

The economics of taxation and government spending, with a particular focus on policies that affect retirement security and capital formation



Current post

  • Mitsui Professor of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; President, National Bureau of Economic Research

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