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Brown's Nomination to Social Security Advisory Board Increases Media Interest


Jeffrey Brown.Jeffrey Brown, assistant professor of finance, was nominated this month by the White House to the Social Security Advisory Board, a seven-member panel that advises the President, Congress, and the commissioner of Social Security on the program and the Supplemental Security Income programs. Created by Congressional legislation in 1994, the board is independent and bipartisan. If confirmed, Brown will fill a vacancy on the board and serve until 2008.

“I am honored to be nominated, particularly at a time when Social Security reform is at the top of the President’s domestic policy agenda for the coming year,” Brown said when his nomination was announced.

An authority on pensions, Social Security and annuitization, Brown has previously testified before Congress on Social Security reform. He is currently a member of a National Academy of Social Insurance expert panel formed to study federal retirement policy, which will release its report later this month. Brown is the author of a white paper on the new retirement challenge.

Social Security reform is often in the news and Brown is frequently quoted. A sampling of recent articles includes:

Prior to joining the College of Business faculty in 2002, Jeff Brown was an assistant professor at Harvard University. During 2001-2002, Brown was a senior economist with the White House Council of Economic Advisers where he focused primarily on Social Security, pension reform, and terrorism risk insurance. He served on the staff of the President’s Commission to Strengthen Social Security in 2001 and has been a consultant to the World Bank, the Executive Office of the President, and several private firms. Currently a faculty research fellow with the National Bureau of Economic Research, Brown holds a PhD from MIT, an MPP from Harvard, and received his BA from Miami University.

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