Committee Members

Jonathan SkinnerJonathan Skinner, Dartmouth, Chair

Jonathan Skinner is a John Sloan Dickey Professor in the economics department, and a professor with the Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice at Dartmouth Medical School. He received his PhD in Economics from UCLA in 1983, and taught at the University of Virginia before moving to Dartmouth in 1995. Research interests include the economics of health care with a particular focus on the Medicare program, and the savings behavior of aging baby boomers. He is a research associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research, an associate editor of the American Economic Journal: Public Policy, and a former editor of the Journal of Human Resources. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies in 2007.


Katherine Baicker, Harvard University

Katherine Baicker is Professor of Health Economics in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health.  She is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and an elected member of the Institute of Medicine.  From 2005-2007, Professor Baicker served as a Senate-confirmed Member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, where she played a leading role in the development of health policy.  She currently serves on the Editorial Boards of Health Affairs, the Journal of Health Economics, and the Journal of Economic Perspectives; as a Director of Eli Lilly; as Chair of the Board of Directors of AcademyHealth; on the Massachusetts Group Insurance Commission; on the Congressional Budget Office’s Panel of Health Advisers; and as a Commissioner on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.  Her research has been published in journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, Science, Health Affairs, and the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and has been featured in outlets such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and National Public Radio.  She is currently one of the leaders of a research program investigating the many effects of expanding health insurance coverage in the context of a randomized Medicaid expansion in Oregon.


Maureen Cropper, University of Maryland

Maureen Cropper is a Distinguished University Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland, a Senior Fellow at Resources for the Future, and a former Lead Economist at the World Bank.  Dr. Cropper has served as chair of the EPA Science Advisory Board Environmental Economics Advisory Committee and as president of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists.  She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a Fellow of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. Her research has focused on valuing environmental benefits using both stated and revealed preference approaches.  Her current research examines the effectiveness of energy sector reforms and environmental programs in India.


Mark Duggan, University of Pennsylvania

Mark Duggan is a Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy and a Professor of Health Care Management at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. He is also the Faculty Director of the Wharton Public Policy Initiative and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University in 1999 and is currently a Co-Editor at the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy and at the Journal of Public Economics. His research focuses primarily on the effect of government expenditure programs such as Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid on the behavior of individuals and firms. He was the 2010 recipient of the ASHEcon Medal, which is awarded every two years by the American Society of Health Economists to the economist aged 40 and under in the U.S. who has made the most significant contributions to the field of health economics. Duggan served from 2009 to 2010 as the Senior Economist for Health Care Policy at the White House Council of Economic Advisers. He has also been an Expert Witness for the U.S. Department of Justice and recently served on the Social Security Advisory Board's Technical Panel on Assumptions and Methods.


Maurine A. Haver, Haver Analytics

Maurine A. Haver is the founder and CEO of Haver Analytics, an economic information services company. She served as President of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) and currently chairs the NABE campaign for Quality Economic Data and the NABE Statistics Committee. She is a member of Advisory Committees to the Office of Financial Research at the U.S. Treasury, the Bureau of Economic Analysis and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and is Chair of the Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics.


Anne Krueger, Johns Hopkins University

Anne Krueger is Senior Research Professor of International Economics at the Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). She joined the faculty in 2007 after leaving the International Monetary Fund, where she had served as First Deputy Managing Director from 2001-2006 and as Acting Managing Director for three months during 2005. Prior to the IMF, she was Herald L. and Caroline L. Ritch Professor in Humanities and Sciences in the Department of Economics at Stanford University, and the founding Director of Stanford's Center for International Development and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. Professor Krueger had previously taught at the University of Minnesota and Duke University and held visiting professorships at a number of universities in the U.S. and abroad. She was chief economist of the World Bank from 1982 through 1986. She received her undergraduate degree from Oberlin College and her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin. She is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and a Senior Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. She has published many books and articles on international economics, and has also written extensively on aspects of economic development in India, South Korea, and Turkey. Her most recent book is Struggling with Success: Challenges Facing the International Economy, World Scientific Publishers, 2012.


David Laibson, Harvard University

David Laibson is the Robert I. Goldman Professor of Economics at Harvard University. Laibson is also a member of the National Bureau of Economic Research, where he is Research Associate in the Asset Pricing, Economic Fluctuations, and Aging Working Groups.  Laibson's research focuses on the topic of behavioral economics, and he leads Harvard University's Foundations of Human Behavior Initiative.  Laibson serves on several editorial boards, as well as the boards of the Health and Retirement Study (National Institutes of Health) and the Pension Research Council (Wharton).  He serves on Harvard's Pension Investment Committee.  He is also serves on the Academic Research Council of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  Laibson is a recipient of a Marshall Scholarship.  He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a recipient of the TIAA-CREF Paul A. Samuelson Award for Outstanding Scholarly Writing on Lifelong Financial Security. Laibson holds degrees from Harvard University (AB in Economics, Summa), the London School of Economic (MSc in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics), and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (PhD in Economics).  He received his PhD in 1994 and has taught at Harvard since then. In recognition of his teaching, he has been awarded Harvard's ΦΒΚ Prize and a Harvard College Professorship.


Charles PlottCharles Plott, Cal Tech

Charles R. Plott is the Edward S. Harness Professor of Economics and Director and founder of the Laboratory for Experimental Economics and Political Science at the California Institute of Technology. His research is focused on the basic principles of process performance and the use of those principles in the design of new, decentralized processes to solve complex problems. Applications are found in mechanisms for allocating complex items such as the markets for pollution permits in Southern California, the FCC auction of licenses for Personal Communication Systems, the auctions for electric power in California, the allocation of landing rights at the major U.S. airports, access of private trains to public railway tracks, access to natural gas pipelines, the allocation of licenses for offshore aquaculture sites, the combinatorial sale of fleets of vehicles, and the application of complex procurements. Dr. Plott has contributed extensively to the development and application of a laboratory experimental methodology in the fields of economics and political science. Memberships include National Academy of Sciences, 2007; American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1985; Distinguished Fellow of American Economic Association; Fellow of the Econometric Society; Public Choice Society, President 1976-1978; Southern Economic Association, Executive Committee 1977-1978, vice president 1985-1987, president 1989-90; Economic Science Association, president 1987-1988; Western Economic Association International, vice president, 1996, president 1999. Dr. Plott received his education from the University of Virginia, Ph.D.; Oklahoma State University, M.S., B.S.


Phillip L. SwagelPhillip L. Swagel, University of Maryland

Phillip L. Swagel is a professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, where he teaches classes on international finance and the relationship between financial markets and the economy. He is also a non-resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.

Mr. Swagel was Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy at the Treasury Department from December 2006 to January 2009. In that position, he served as a member of the TARP investment committee and advised Secretary Paulson on all aspects of economic policy. Mr. Swagel previously worked at the White House Council of Economic Advisers, the International Monetary Fund, and the Federal Reserve, and taught economics at Northwestern University, the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. He received a bachelor's degree in economics from Princeton University and a PhD in economics from Harvard University.


John B. Taylor, Stanford University

John B. Taylor is the Mary and Robert Raymond Professor of Economics at Stanford University and the George P. Shultz Senior Fellow in Economics at Stanford’s Hoover Institution. He is also the director of Stanford's Introductory Economics Center. Taylor has an active interest in public policy. He served as senior economist on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers from 1976 to 1977, as a member of the Council from 1989 to 1991, as a member of the Congressional Budget Office’s Panel of Economic Advisers from 1995 to 2001, and as Under Secretary of Treasury for International Affairs from 2001 to 2005. Among many awards, Taylor received the Bradley Prize for his economic research and policy achievements, the Adam Smith Award from the National Association for Business Economics, the Alexander Hamilton Award and the Treasury Distinguished Service Award for his policy contributions at the U.S. Treasury, and the Medal of the Republic of Uruguay for his work in resolving the 2002 financial crisis. He was awarded the Hoagland Prize and the Rhodes Prizes for excellence in undergraduate teaching. Taylor received a B.A. in economics summa cum laude from Princeton and a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford.  He won the 2012 Hayek Prize for his latest book, First Principles: Five Keys for Restoring America’s Prosperity.



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