Laurence J. Kotlikoff

Laurence J. Kotlikoff

Laurence J. Kotlikoff Biography & Books

Speaker Biography:

Laurence J. Kotlikoff is a William Fairfield Warren Professor at Boston University, a Professor of Economics at Boston University, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the Econometric Society, a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and President of Economic Security Planning, Inc., a company specializing in financial planning software. An active columnist, Professor Kotlikoff’s columns and blogs appear in the Financial Times, Bloomberg, Forbes, Vox, The Economist,, and the Huffington Post. Professor Kotlikoff received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1973 and his Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University in 1977.

From 1977 through 1983 he served on the faculties of economics of the University of California, Los Angeles and Yale University. In 1981-82 Professor Kotlikoff was a Senior Economist with the President’s Council of Economic Advisers.

Professor Kotlikoff is author or co-author of 16 books and hundreds of professional journal articles. His most recent books are The Clash of Generations (co-authored with Scott Burns, MIT Press), The Economic Consequences of the Vickers Commission (Civitas), Jimmy Stewart Is Dead (John Wiley & Sons), Spend β€˜Til the End, (co-authored with Scott Burns, Simon & Schuster), The Healthcare Fix (MIT Press), and The Coming Generational Storm (co-authored with Scott Burns, MIT Press) and Generational Policy (MIT Press). Get What’s Yours: The Secrets to Maxing Out Your Social Security (co-authored with Philip Moeller and Paul Solman) will be published by Simon & Schuster in February 2015.

Professor Kotlikoff’s writings and research address financial reform, personal finance, taxes, Social Security, healthcare, deficits, generational accounting, pensions, saving, and insurance.

Professor Kotlikoff has served as a consultant to the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the Harvard Institute for International Development, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Swedish Ministry of Finance, the Norwegian Ministry of Finance, the Bank of Italy, the Bank of Japan, the Bank of England, the Government of Russia, the Government of Ukraine, the Government of Bolivia, the Government of Bulgaria, the Treasury of New Zealand, the Office of Management and Budget, the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Joint Committee on Taxation, The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, The American Council of Life Insurance, Merrill Lynch, Fidelity Investments, AT&T, AON Corp., and other major U.S. corporations.

He has provided expert testimony on numerous occasions to committees of Congress including the Senate Finance Committee, the House Ways and Means Committee, and the Joint Economic Committee.

Further Reading:

Bio at Wikipedia




Economics doesn't get better or more disturbing than this. THE CLASH OF GENERATIONS will tell you things you never knew and hoped you'd never learn. They are straight truths about our country's relentless expropriation of the next generation that will either land young and old alike in an early economic grave or culminate in generational war. Read this book if you care about your children. Read this book if you care about yourself. And read this book if you care about our country.

-John Silber, President Emeritus, Boston University

THE CLASH OF GENERATIONS is a truly important book, and I hope that it will be so widely read as to inspire a meaningful widespread dialog among individuals, families, and policymakers.

-Geoff Considine, The Portfolioist

Compelling and well documented... The issues they raise provide timely intellectual fodder...

-Publishers Weekly on THE CLASH OF GENERATIONS

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Kotlikoff and Burns turn conventional retirement planning wisdom on its head in this feisty financial guide

-Publishers Weekly on SPEND 'TIL THE END


  • Partial list:
  • GET WHAT'S YOURS: The Secrets to Maxing Out Your Social Security, co-authors: Philip Moeller & Paul Solman (Simon & Schuster) - to be published in February 2015
  • THE CLASH OF GENERATIONS: Saving Ourselves, Our Kids, and Our Economy, with Scott Burns (MIT Press)
  • JIMMY STEWART IS DEAD – Ending the World's Ongoing Financial Plague with Limited Purpose Banking (Wiley)
  • SPEND 'TIL THE END – The Revolutionary Guide to Raising Your Living Standard, Today and When You Retire, with Scott Burns (Simon & Schuster)
  • THE HEALTHCARE FIX – Universal Insurance for All Americans (MIT Press)

Speaking Topics:

  • Professor Kotlikoff speaks to hundreds of U.S. and foreign businesses and government groups about economic and policy issues, both domestic and foreign. His talks cover a very wide range of micro and macro topics. Examples include: fiscal policy, demographic change, healthcare reform, tax reform, banking reform, Social Security reform, climate change policy, monetary policy, generational policy, saving, investment, competition with smart machines, inequality across and within generations, and SIPC brokerage account insurance fraud.