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Van Doorn Ooms

Conference Co-Chair

Van Doorn Ooms is a new member of NASI, which he joined in 2003. As his first important role within NASI, he agreed to co-chair the upcoming conference, “In Search of Retirement Security: The Changing Mix of Social Insurance, Employee Benefits, and Personal Responsibility.”

Ooms is currently Senior Fellow with the Committee for Economic Development (CED), an independent research and educational organization of approximately 250 business leaders and educators. He joined CED in 1991 as Senior Vice President and Director of Research. Ooms has a wide-ranging research and applied policy background and has recently supervised CED research projects in areas such as: U.S. trade policy, education, urban development, labor markets, regulation, funding for basic research, social security, pension policy, welfare reform, and campaign finance, with an emphasis on the political economy of the U.S. Federal budget, which he has analyzed for nearly three decades.

Since 1998, Ooms has served on the Social Security Advisory Panel of the General Accounting Office. He has advised national policymakers on economic and budget policy issues as Executive Director for Policy and Chief Economist for the Committee on the Budget of the U.S. House of Representatives (1989-1991), and before that as Chief Economist (1981-1989), Assistant Director for Economic Policy at the Office of Management and Budget (1978-1981), and Chief Economist for the U.S. Senate Committee on the Budget (1977-1978).

“Ooms brings a very sharp mind and perspectives from all three of business, government and academe to the conference. He has thought widely and deeply about these issues,” said former NASI President Peter Diamond.

He received his Ph.D. in Economics with Distinction from Yale University, and has two Bachelor of Arts degrees, one in English Language and Literature from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes scholar, and one from Amherst College in Economics. Before coming to public service in Washington, Ooms taught economics at Yale University between 1963-1968, and at Swarthmore College, where he was a professor of economics from 1968 to 1978.