Alice M. Rivlin

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Leonard D. Schaeffer Chair in Health Policy Studies and Director, Center for Health Policy | Senior Fellow, Economic Studies

Alice Rivlin recently served as a member of the President's Debt Commission. She was founding director of CBO, served as OMB director, and was Federal Reserve Vice Chair. She is an expert on fiscal and monetary policy. | View Full Bio

  • Interview | Washington Post Wonkblog

    Alice Rivlin Was In Charge of the Last Government Shutdown. This is What She Saw.

    September 27, 2013

  • In the News

    The Congress ought to get serious. They need to raise the debt ceiling so we don’t have this ridiculous counterproductive argument again.

    September 5, 2013, Alice M. Rivlin, Bloomberg
  • In the News

    What has a chance of going somewhere if the president and the Congress can get back together is some version of a grand bargain, and a grand bargain means we have to slow the growth of the entitlements, especially Medicare and Medicaid. We have to put Social Security back on a firm foundation. And we have to reform our tax code so it raises some more revenue. We need to do that and stop fooling around with this counterproductive thing called the sequester, which is bad macro policy, it would reduce employment when we don't want to.

    February 23, 2013, Alice M. Rivlin, CNN
  • In the News

    [Obama's tone of his ’08 campaign] hasn’t worked very well, but this is the moment to go back to it, because if he doesn’t, he dooms the rest of his term to squabbling with the Republicans.

    February 11, 2013, Alice M. Rivlin, The Daily Beast
  • In the News

    [The fiscal cliff negotiations are] very bad for the economy and for our image in the world. We don't look like a country in charge of its own destiny. That's hard to quantify but it's bad.

    January 2, 2013, Alice M. Rivlin, Reuters
  • In the News

    It would be extremely stupid to go over the [fiscal] cliff, because that would be very bad for the economy and it would be very bad for the image of the American government. It would show that we just weren't functioning.

    November 16, 2012, Alice M. Rivlin, Wall Street Journal
  • In the News

    The lesson of Europe is, don’t wait until you’re in a crisis to act. Do it now. The other lesson is that austerity is not a good prescription for weak economies. We have the luxury that the Europeans don’t. We aren’t under pressure in the financial markets. That means we should put a plan in place now that acts gradually over time before we get into trouble.

    November 11, 2012, Alice M. Rivlin, Bloomberg
  • In the News

    Right now in this political campaign, both sides are trying to scare people by saying this other guy will destroy Medicare. No one is going to destroy Medicare.

    October 10, 2012, Alice M. Rivlin, MarketWatch
  • In the News

    We do need to put Social Security back on a firm foundation for the future. It is really stupid to wait to do that. We need to assure people currently in the labor force and entering into it that Social Security will be there for them and that they can plan around it.

    October 3, 2012, Alice M. Rivlin, The Fiscal Times

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