About the Director


Andrew Samwick


Dartmouth College Professor of Economics Andrew A. Samwick began his tenure as Director of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences on July 1, 2004. Samwick is most widely known for his work on the economics of retirement. He is the co-author of a set of reform proposals that restore solvency to the Social Security system through the addition of investment-based, personal retirement accounts. He has testified three times before Congressional committees on his research. He is a research associate and co-chair of the working group on Social Security research at the National Bureau of Economic Research and has served as a consultant for the Social Security Advisory Board and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation on the assumptions and methods they use to make long-term projections.

Samwick attended Harvard University as an undergraduate, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and graduated summa cum laude with a degree in economics. He received his doctoral training in economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, specializing in public economics and finance. Since joining the Dartmouth faculty in 1994, his scholarly work has covered a range of topics, including pensions, saving, taxation, portfolio choice, and executive compensation. He has published articles in American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Finance, Journal of Monetary Economics, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Development Economics, and a number of specialized journals and conference volumes. Since 2002, he has served as Co-editor of Economics Letters.

In July 2003, Samwick joined the staff of the President's Council of Economic Advisers, serving for a year as its chief economist and helping to direct the work of about 20 economists in support of the three Presidential appointees on the Council. He is the author of Vox Baby (voxbaby.blogspot.com), a weblog about economics, politics, and current events, which has received about 130,000 visits since it began in the fall of 2004.

Samwick Coauthors Social Security Reform Proposal - A nonpartisan Social Security system reform plan, drafted by three Social Security experts from across the political spectrum, including Professor Andrew Samwick, was recently released. The proposal demonstrates that, despite the contentiousness of the recent Social Security debate, compromise is possible. The plan has been reviewed by the Office of the Chief Actuary at the Social Security Administration (SSA), which concluded that it would "easily satisfy the criteria for attaining sustainable solvency."

The Direct Line" - Commentary by Professor Samwick on a variety of issues that is featured in the Center's fall, winter, and spring newsletters.