Henry J. Aaron

The Bruce and Virginia MacLaury Chair

Senior Fellow - Economic Studies

Henry Aaron is currently Bruce and Virginia MacLaury Senior Fellow in the Economic Studies Program at the Brookings Institution. From 1990 through 1996 he was the Director of the Economic Studies Program.  He is a member and vice-chair of the District of Columbia Health Benefits Exchange and is a member and former chair of the Social Security Advisory Board.

He is a graduate of UCLA and holds a PhD in economics from Harvard University.  He taught at the University of Maryland from 1967 through 1989, except for 1977 and 1978 when he served as Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. He chaired the 1979 Advisory Council on Social Security. During the academic year 1996-97 he was a Guggenheim Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.

He is a member of the Social Security Advisory Board, the Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the advisory committee of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, and the board directors of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. He is also Vice Chair of the D.C. Health Exchange. Aaron has been a member of the boards of directors of the College Retirement Equity Fund and Georgetown University.  He has been a member of the visiting committee of the Harvard Medical and Dental Schools and of the Harvard Department of Economics.  He was a member of the board of directors of Abt Associates;  a founding member, vice-president, and chair of the board of the National Academy of Social Insurance; vice-president and member of the executive committee of the American Economic Association; and president of the Association of Public Policy and Management.

Contact
202.797.6105 — Office of Communications
Topics
Federal Fiscal Policy
Health Care Policy
Medicare & Medicaid
Retirement, Pensions, & Social Security
Taxation
The Federal Budget
U.S. Economy
Workforce Development
Programs
Economic Studies
Centers
Center for Health Policy
The Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy
Projects
Budgeting for National Priorities
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Additional Expertise Areas
Budget policy and politics
health care cost, financing, and rationing
Medicaid
Medicare
Social Security
tax policy
Experience
Current Positions
Member, Visiting Committee, Harvard Medical and Dental Schools
Member, Institute of Medicine
Chairman of the Board of Directors, National Academy of Social Insurance
Director, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Abt Associates
Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Past Positions
Chairman of the Board of Directors, National Academy of Social Insurance
President, Association of Public Policy and Management
Vice President, American Economic Association
Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Department of Health, Education, and Welfare
Chairman, Advisory Council on Social Security
Trustee, Georgetown University, College Retirement Equities Fund (CREF)
Education
Ph.D. (1963), M.A. (1960), Harvard University
B.A., University of California at Los Angeles, 1958

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