In the 15 years since Jeffrey Brown completed his Ph.D. in economics at MIT, he’s been among the most prolific and influential researchers in the field of retirement policy. In order to establish Jeff
Brown’s importance as a scholar, one need only list his many
research awards and publications in top-ranked journals, or
perhaps his appointment by President Bush to the Social
Security Advisory Board and service as senior economist at
the White House Council of Economic Advisers.
In his spare time, Brown, who is a finance professor at
the College of Business at Illinois, also managed to co-found the influential Journal of Pension Economics and Finance,
serve as the associate director of the Retirement Research
Center at the National Bureau of Economic Research and
be a fellow at the TIAA-CREF institute. And this month,
the Retirement Income Industry Association, together with
media partner Research magazine, presents Brown with
its award for achievement in applied retirement research.
In other words, Brown has accomplished quite a bit in
the last decade and a half. There’s a good reason for that.
First, he’s a very smart and hardworking researcher. Second,
he’s a great guy to work with. Wharton professor Olivia
Mitchell calls him a “delightful co-author and wonderful
teacher and mentor.” The list of economists who’ve
worked with Brown is a who’s who of this generation’s
most influential scholars.
FINKE ON FINANCE
BY MICHAEL FINKE
PHOTOGRAPHY BY TOM McKENZIE