John C. and Nancy D. Whitehead Chair in Economic Studies
The Brookings Institution
Gary Burtless holds the John C. and Nancy D. Whitehead Chair in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. He is also a research associate of the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College and of the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His research focuses on issues connected with public finance, aging, saving, labor markets, income distribution, social insurance, and the behavioral effects of government tax and transfer policy.
Burtless graduated from Yale College in 1972 and received a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1977. Before coming to Brookings in 1981, he served as an economist in the policy and evaluation offices of the secretary of labor and the secretary of health, education, and welfare. In 1993, he was visiting professor of public affairs at the University of Maryland, College Park. He has served as a consultant on pension reform to the World Bank, as an advisor to the U.S. Department of Labor on evaluation policy and social experiments, on technical advisory panels charged with analyzing the status and reform of U.S. Social Security, and as a panel member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on the Health and Safety Needs of Older Workers.