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John F. Kennedy School of Government
79 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Jeffrey B. Liebman, Malcolm Wiener Professor of Public
Policy, teaches courses in public sector economics and American
economic policy. In his research, he studies tax and budget policy,
social insurance, poverty, and income inequality. Recent research
has examined the impacts of government programs such as the Earned
Income Tax Credit, Social Security, and housing vouchers. During
the first two years of the Obama Administration, Liebman worked at
OMB, first as Executive Associate Director and Chief Economist and
then as Acting Deputy Director. From 1998 to 1999, Liebman served
as Special Assistant to the President for economic policy and
coordinated the Clinton Administration's Social Security reform
technical working group. Liebman received his BA from Yale
University and his MA and PhD in economics from Harvard.
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Selected Publication Citations:
- Academic Journal/Scholarly Articles
Liebman, Jeffrey B., Erzo F.P. Luttmer, and David G. Seif. "Labor
Supply Responses to Marginal Social Security Benefits: Evidence
from Discontinuities." Journal of Public Economics 93.11-12
(December 2009): 1119-1284.
Ludwig, Jens, Jeffrey R. Kling, Lawrence F. Katz, Lisa Sanbonmatsu,
Jeffrey Liebman, Greg J. Duncan, and Ronald C. Kessler. "What Can
We Learn about Neighborhood Effects from the Moving to Opportunity
Experiment?" American Journal of Sociology 114.1 (July
Kling, Jeffrey R., Jeffrey Liebman, and Lawrence F. Katz.
"Experimental Analysis of Neighborhood Effects."
Econometrica 75.1 (January 2007): 83-119.
Duflo, Esther, William Gale, Jeffrey Liebman, Peter Orszag, and
Emmanuel Saez. "Saving Incentives for Low and Middle Income
Families: Evidence from a Field Experiment with H&R Block."
Quarterly Journal of Economics CXXI.4 (November 2006):
Katz, Lawrence F., Jeffrey R. Kling, and Jeffrey B. Liebman.
"Moving to Opportunity in Boston: Early Results of a Randomized
Mobility Experiment." Quarterly Journal of Economics 116.2
(May 2001): 607-654.
- Book Chapters
Feldstein, Martin, and Jeffrey Liebman. “The Distributional Effects
of an Investment-based Social Security System.” The
Distributional Aspects of Social Security and Social Security
Reform. Ed. Martin Feldstein and Jeffrey Liebman. University of
Chicago Press, 2002.
Liebman, Jeffrey. “Redistribution in the Current U.S. Social
Security System.” The Distributional Aspects of Social Security
and Social Security Reform. Ed. Martin Feldstein and Jeffrey
Liebman. University of Chicago Press, 2002.
Liebman, Jeffrey. “The Optimal Design of the Earned Income Tax
Credit.” Making Work Pay: The Earned Income Tax Credit and Its
Impact on American Families. Ed. Bruce D. Meyer and Douglas
Holtz-Eakin. Russell Sage Foundation, 2002.
Elmendorf, Douglas, Jeffrey Liebman, and David Wilcox. “Fiscal
Policy and Social Security Policy During the 1990s.” American
Economic Policy in the 1990s. Ed. Jeffrey Frankel and Peter
Orszag. MIT Press, 2002.
Feldstein, Martin, and Jeffrey Liebman. “Social Security.”
Handbook of Public Economics, Volume 4. Ed. Alan J. Auerbach
and Martin Feldstein. Elsevier, 2002.
Ellwood, David, and Jeffrey Liebman. "The Middle Class Parent
Penalty: Child Benefits in the U.S. Tax Code." Tax Policy and
the Economy, Volume 15. Ed. James M. Poterba. MIT Press, 2001.
Feldstein, Martin, and Jeffrey Liebman. "Realizing the Potential of
China's Social Security Pension System." China Economic
Times, February 24, 2006.
Liebman, Jeffrey. “Social Security Meets Race.” Science,
309.5743, September 23, 2005: 1965.
Liebman, Jeffrey. "Is Social Security Unfair to the Poor?"
Washington Post, July 29, 2001.
- Edited Volumes
Brown, Jeffrey R., David A. Wise, and Jeffrey B. Liebman., eds.
Social Security Policy in a Changing Environment. University
of Chicago Press, 2009.
Feldstein, Martin, and Jeffrey Liebman, eds. The Distributional
Aspects of Social Security and Social Security Reform.
University of Chicago Press, 2002.
- Magazine and Newspaper Articles
Liebman, Jeffrey. "Reforming Social Security: Not All Privatization
Schemes Are Created Equal." Harvard Magazine March-April
- Research Papers/Reports
Liebman, Jeffrey, and Richard Zeckhauser. "Simple Humans, Complex
Insurance, Subtle Subsidies." NBER Working Papers 14330, September
Liebman, Jeffrey. "The Role of Annuities in a Reformed U.S. Social
Security System." AARP Public Policy Institute Issue Paper,