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Alan Jacobs Named Winner of John Heinz Dissertation Award

For Immediate Release: January 26, 2005
Contact: Terry T. Nixon at (202) 452-8097 or tnixon@nasi.org

Washington, DC—The National Academy of Social Insurance is pleased to announce Alan Jacobs as winner of the thirteenth annual John Heinz Dissertation Award. Jacobs won this award with his doctoral thesis, Governing for the Long Term: Democratic Politics and Policy Investment, Department of Government, Harvard University, and was nominated by Peter Hall, Professor at the same department. Jacobs is currently Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

The award, which includes a $1,000 prize, will be presented during the National Academy of Social Insurance's 17th Annual Conference on January 27–28, 2005, in Washington, DC. Academy President Jerry Mashaw of Yale University and Award Committee Chair Robert Hudson of Boston University will make the award presentation. The Teresa and John Heinz Fund of the Heinz Family Foundation supports the award.

An honorable mention was awarded to Mauro Mastrogiacomo, Researcher at the Netherlands Bureau for Economic and Policy Analysis. He wrote his dissertation, Retirement Expectations and Realizations: Essays on the Netherlands and Italy towards his doctoral degree at the Department of Economics, Free University of Amsterdam, Netherlands. His thesis was nominated by Maartan Lindeboom, Professor at Free University of Amsterdam.

The John Heinz Dissertation Award is issued in honor of Senator John Heinz. As a member of the Senate Finance Committee, he helped chart the Social Security rescue effort in 1983 and worked tirelessly to insulate the Social Security Trust Funds from the rest of the Federal budget. John Heinz was a leading expert in the Senate on private pensions, and health care and aging policy and was a member of the Academy's Board of Advisors from the organization's inception in 1986. Robert M. Ball, Founding Chair, said, “John Heinz was a leading proponent of Social Security with a true appreciation of the value of social insurance principles in developing public policy. He was a true supporter of the National Academy of Social Insurance and contributed importantly to its objectives. We are privileged to award this prize in his honor.”

To obtain application forms and additional information click here or contact Terry Nixon by e-mail at tnixon@nasi.org or by phone at (202) 452-8097.

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The National Academy of Social Insurance is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization made up of the nation's leading experts on social insurance. Its mission is to promote understanding and informed policymaking on social insurance and related programs through research, public education, training, and the open exchange of ideas.

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