Peter R Orszag

Member of the “Uncharted Waters” Study Panel

 Peter R. Orszag is the Joseph A. Pechman Senior Fellow in Tax and Fiscal Policy at the Brookings Institution and Co-Director of the Tax Policy Center (a joint venture of the Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute), a Research Professor at Georgetown University, and the Director of the Retirement Security Project (a joint venture between Georgetown University and the Brookings Institution). He previously served as Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy, and as Senior Economist and Senior Adviser on the President's Council of Economic Advisers during the Clinton Administration. He has been a NASI member since 1999 and serves on the study panel, “Uncharted Waters: Paying for Benefits from Individual Accounts in Federal Retirement Policy.” This panel's report will be released on January 26.

“Peter gets the right answer faster than anyone I have ever seen. And he does it over a staggering range of issues. We at Brookings are fortunate to have him as a colleague. NASI is fortunate as well to have secured his contributions to its work on individual accounts,” says Henry Aaron, Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution and Chair of the NASI Board of Directors.


Ken Apfel, one of the co-chairs of this study panel, says: "If there was only one person in America that I could speak with about the implications of the various pension, savings and Social Security issues of the day, that person would unquestionably be Peter Orszag. Peter has a remarkable ability to get to the heart of the debate at hand, and to further our knowledge on potential trade-offs. You will be hearing a lot from Peter Orszag for many, many years to come, and the country will be the better because of his commitment to retirement security issues."

Orszag's areas of expertise and research include pensions, Social Security, budget policy and politics, higher education policy, homeland security, macroeconomics, and tax policy. He is the co-editor of American Economic Policy in the 1990s (MIT Press: 2002), co-author of Protecting the American Homeland: One Year On (Brookings Institution Press: 2003), and co-author of Saving Social Security: A Balanced Approach (Brookings Institution Press: 2004).

He published a large number of scholarly articles in New EconomyTax NotesThe Economist's VoiceBrookings Papers on Economic ActivityNational Tax JournalHarvard Journal on LegislationThe Milken Institute ReviewJournal of Student Employment, and he testified before the Congress on social security, individual accounts, homeland security, and budget issues. Orszag has also published a number of op-eds on these topics in the Minneapolis Star-TribuneThe American ProspectBoston ReviewThe New RepublicChronicle of Higher EducationBoston GlobeFinancial Times and other publications.

Orszag earned his A.B. summa cum laude in Economics from Princeton University, and a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Economics from the London School of Economics, which he attended as a Marshall Scholar.