James M. Poterba

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James M. Poterba
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Born July 13, 1958
New York, N.Y.
Nationality American
Alma mater Oxford University
Occupation Academic
Years active Since 1994
Employer Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Organization President of NBER
Board member of TIAA-CREF
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Awards NAS Award for Scientific Reviewing
Website Poterba at MIT


James M. Poterba is the Mitsui Professor of Economics at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) . He is also the President of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a non-profit research organization. Since 2006, he has been a trustee of TIAA-CREF.

Research interests include how taxation affects the economic decisions of households and firms. His recent work has emphasized the effect of taxation on the financial behavior of households, particularly their saving and portfolio decisions. He has been especially interested in the analysis of tax-deferred retirement saving programs such as 401(k) plans and in the role of annuities in financing retirement consumption.

Poterba was awarded the NAS Award for Scientific Reviewing in 1999. He was honored "for his influential and comprehensive review of factors determining the savings of individuals over their lifetimes and the private accumulation of wealth for retirement."[1]

Papers

Poterba has authored/co-authored over 130 papers. The following papers are the most cited, ranked from most to least cited.

Year Study
1991 Investor Diversification and International Equity Markets[2]
1987 Mean Reversion in Stock Prices: Evidence and Implications[3]
1997 New Evidence on the Money's Worth of Individual Annuities[4]
1988 What Moves Stock Prices?[5]
1984 The Persistence of Volatility and Stock Market Fluctuations[6]
1984 The Economic Effects of Dividend Taxation[7]
1996 Stock Ownership Patterns, Stock Market Fluctuations, and Consumption[8]
1990 Speculative Dynamics[9]

Books

Poterba has co-edited two books.

  • Warshawsky, Mark J.(ed.); Poterba, James M.(ed.); Mitchell, Olivia S.(ed.); Brown, Jeffrey R.(ed.) (2001). The Role of Annuity Markets in Financing Retirement. The MIT Press. pp. 239. ISBN 978-0262025096
  • Poterba, James M.(ed.); von Hagen, Jurgen (ed.) (1999). Fiscal Institutions and Fiscal Performance (National Bureau of Economic Research Conference Report). University Of Chicago Press. pp. 398. ISBN 978-0226676234

References

  1. "NAS Award for Scientific Reviewing". National Academy of Sciences. http://www.nasonline.org/programs/awards/scientific-reviewing.html. Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  2. French, Kenneth R.; Poterba, James M. (1991). Investor Diversification and International Equity Markets. NBER Working Paper No. w3609: SSRN. http://ssrn.com/abstract=471553.
  3. Poterba, James M.; Summers, Lawrence H. (1987). Mean Reversion in Stock Prices: Evidence and Implications. NBER Working Paper No. w2343: SSRN. http://ssrn.com/abstract=227278.
  4. Mitchell, Olivia S.; Poterba, James M.; Warshawsky, Mark J. (1997). New Evidence on the Money's Worth of Individual Annuities. NBER Working Paper No. w6002: SSRN. http://ssrn.com/abstract=226413.
  5. Cutler, David M.; Poterba, James M.; Summers, Lawrence H. (1988). What Moves Stock Prices?. NBER Working Paper No. w2538.: SSRN. http://ssrn.com/abstract=227519.
  6. Poterba, James M.; Summers, Lawrence H. (1984). The Persistence of Volatility and Stock Market Fluctuations. NBER Working Paper No. w1462: SSRN. http://ssrn.com/abstract=334288.
  7. Poterba, James M.; Summers, Lawrence H. (1984). The Economic Effects of Dividend Taxation. NBER Working Paper No. w1353: SSRN. http://ssrn.com/abstract=227148.
  8. Poterba, James M.; Samwick, Andrew A. (1996). Stock Ownership Patterns, Stock Market Fluctuations, and Consumption. NBER Working Paper No. R2027: SSRN. http://ssrn.com/abstract=227266.
  9. Cutler, David M.; Poterba, James M.; Summers, Lawrence H. (1990). Speculative Dynamics. NBER Working Paper No. w324: SSRN. http://ssrn.com/abstract=366444.

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