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Economics & Public Policy

Martin Feldstein z’l

Harvard University

Martin Feldstein was the George F. Baker Professor of Economics at Harvard University and president emeritus of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a private non-profit research organization that has specialized for nearly 100 years in producing nonpartisan studies of the American economy. Dr. Feldstein served as president and CEO of the NBER from 1977-82 and 1984-2008.

From 1982 through 1984, Dr. Feldstein was Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers and President Reagan’s chief economic adviser. He served as president of the American Economic Association in 2004. In 2006, President Bush appointed him a member of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board. In 2009, President Obama appointed him a member of the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board.

Dr. Feldstein was a member of the American Philosophical Society, a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, a Fellow of the Econometric Society, and a Fellow of the National Association of Business Economists. He was a trustee of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the Trilateral Commission, the Group of 30, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Council of Academic Advisors of the American Enterprise Institute.

Dr. Feldstein received honorary doctorates from several universities and was an Honorary Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford. In 1977, he received the John Bates Clark Medal of the American Economic Association, a prize awarded every two years to the economist under the age of 40 who is judged to have made the greatest contribution to economic science. He authored more than 300 research articles in economics. He was also an economic adviser to several businesses and government organizations in the United States and abroad and was a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal and other publications.