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Brigitte Madrian
Aetna Professor of Public Policy and Corporate Management
Office:
79 John F. Kennedy St. Taubman Bldg 348
617-495-8917
617-495-9913

Brigitte Madrian is the Aetna Professor of Public Policy and Corporate Management at the Harvard Kennedy School.  Before coming to Harvard in 2006, she was on the Faculty at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School (2003-2006), the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business (1995-2003) and the Harvard University Economics Department (1993-1995).  She is also the co-director of the Household Finance working group at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Dr. Madrian’s current research focuses on behavioral economics and household finance, with a particular focus on household saving and investment behavior.  Her work in this area has impacted the design of employer-sponsored savings plans in the U.S. and has influenced pension reform legislation both in the U.S. and abroad. She is also engaged in research on health, using the lens of behavioral economics to understand health behaviors and improve health outcomes; in the past she has also examined the impact of health insurance on the job choice and retirement decisions of employees and the hiring decisions of firms.

Dr. Madrian received her Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and studied economics as an undergraduate at Brigham Young University.  She is the recipient of the Retirement Income Industry Association Achievement in Applied Retirement Research Award (2015) and a three-time recipient of the TIAA-CREF Paul A. Samuelson Award for Scholarly Research on Lifelong Financial Security (2002, 2011 and 2017). 

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Transparent Engagement

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Outside Professional Activities For Brigitte Madrian

In addition to my position as a faculty member at Harvard, I am occasionally compensated for my participation in outside activities, such a speaking, reviewing, writing/editing articles or reports, consulting, and serving on panels/advisory boards.

I have received compensation or other payments in excess of $500 from the following organizations (this list is current as of 02/01/2018):
 

2018      
National Bureau of Economic Research (non-profit economic research organization)
• Research activities
• Co-Director of the Household Finance working group

FINRA
• Board of Governors

2017      
National Bureau of Economic Research (non-profit economic research organization)
• Research activities
• Co-Director of the Household Finance working group

FINRA
• Board of Governors

Connect Financial, LLC (financial technology company)
• Consulting services

National Association of Government Defined Contribution Administrators
• Invited speaker on pensions/saving/retirement issues

Florida Atlantic University Center for Economic Education
• Invited speaker on behavioral economics and financial education

Cornell University
• Invited speaker on household finance

Summit Consulting
• Consulting services

TIAA (financial services firm)
• Winner Paul A. Samuelson Award

2016      
National Bureau of Economic Research (non-profit economic research organization)
• Research activities
• Co-Director of the Household Finance working group

FINRA
• Board of Governors

Brigham Young University (institute of higher education)
• Wheatley Institute Fellow

State Street Global Advisors (financial services firm)
• Invited speaker on pensions/saving/retirement issues
• Consulting on pensions/saving/retirement issues

The Urban Institute
• Research paper

Journal of Investment Management (JOIM)
• Invited speaker on behavioral economics and consumer financial regulation

Connect Financial, LLC (financial technology company)
• Consulting services

National Council of State Legislatures
• Invited speaker on pensions/saving/retirement issues

Boston Research Technologies
• Invited speaker in academic program run for Vienna University of Business and Economics

Reverse Mortgage Funding
• Invited webinar speaker on pensions/savings/retirement issues

RAND Corporation
• Invited summer institute speaker

Florida Atlantic University
• Consultant on a set of behavior economics lessons for high school AP Economics courses

Swarthmore College
• Invited speaker

UC Berkeley
• Invited speaker

2015      
National Bureau of Economic Research (non-profit economic research organization)
• Research activities
• Co-Director of the Household Finance working group

FINRA
• Board of Governors

Investment Company Institute (industry organization)
• Invited speaker on pensions/saving/retirement issues

Brigham Young University (institute of higher education)
• Wheatley Institute Fellow
• Invited speaker on pensions/saving/retirement issues

State Street Global Advisors (financial services firm)
• Invited speaker on pensions/saving/retirement issues
• Consulting on pensions/saving/retirement issues

TIAA-CREF (financial services firm)

• Research activities
• Invited speaker on pensions/saving/retirement issues
• Judges panel for the Samuelson Award

BNY Mellon (financial services firm)
• Invited speaker on pensions/saving/retirement issues

Institutional Investor Forums (industry organization)
• Invited speaker on pensions/saving/retirement issues

2014      
National Bureau of Economic Research (non-profit economic research organization)
• Research activities
• Co-Director of the Household Finance working group

FINRA
• Board of Governors

Brigham Young University (institute of higher education)
• Wheatley Institute Fellow

State Street Global Advisors (financial services firm)
• Invited speaker on pensions/saving/retirement issues
• Consulting on pensions/saving/retirement issues

AARP
• Consulting on pensions/saving/retirement issues
• Report on automatic enrollment in savings plans

TIAA-CREF (financial services firm)
• Judges panel for the Samuelson Award

2013      
National Bureau of Economic Research (non-profit economic research organization)
• Research activities
• Co-Director of the Household Finance working group

Brigham Young University (institute of higher education)
• Wheatley Institute Fellow

Stanford University
• Conference participation

TIAA-CREF (financial services firm)
• Invited speaker on pensions/saving/retirement issues

State Street Global Advisors (financial services firm)
• Consulting on pensions/saving/retirement issues

Government of Canada
• Invited speaker on behavioral economics and public policy

2012      
National Bureau of Economic Research (non-profit economic research organization)
• Research activities
• Co-Director of the Household Finance working group

State Street Global Advisors (financial services firm)
• Invited speaker on pensions/saving/retirement issues
• Consulting on pensions/saving/retirement issues

PIMCO (financial services firm)
• Invited speaker in pensions/saving/retirement issues

 American Bankers Association (financial services industry association)
• Invited speaker on pensions/saving/retirement issues

The World Bank (NGO)
• Book chapter on defined contribution savings plans

Dartmouth College (institute of higher education)
• Chair of economics department visiting committee

University of Wisconsin (institute of higher education)
• Associate editor of the Journal of Human Resources

Council for Economic Education (non-profit financial and economic literacy organization)
• Member of review committee for updated K-12 financial literacy standards

Contact

Phone: 617-495-8917
Office: 79 John F. Kennedy St. Taubman Bldg 348

Faculty Expertise

Business & Regulation
Decision Making & Negotiation
Public Finance
Social Policy

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