Andrew A. Samwick

Sandra L. and Arthur L. Irving '72a P'10 Professor of Economics
Director, Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences

I joined the faculty of Dartmouth in 1994. My early scholarly work covered a range of topics, including pensions, saving, taxation, portfolio choice, and executive compensation. My teaching, and some of my more recent scholarship, has expanded to include other topics in finance, public policy, and social entrepreneurship.

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In 2003 – 2004, I joined the staff of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, serving for a year as its chief economist. Since returning to campus in 2004, I have been the director of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center, an interdisciplinary social science center that seeks to educate, train, and inspire the next generation of public policy leaders.

In November 2009, I was selected as the New Hampshire Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.

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112 Rockefeller
HB 6106
Quantitative Social Science
The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy
A.B. Harvard College, 1989
Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1993

Selected Publications

“Donating the Voucher: An Alternative Tax Treatment of Private School Enrollment,” Forthcoming in Jeffrey Brown (ed.) Tax Policy and the Economy 27. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012.

“The Design of Retirement Saving Programs in the Presence of Competing Consumption Needs,” National Tax Association Proceedings – 2010, 71 – 80.

“Changing Progressivity as a Means of Risk Protection in Investment-Based Social Security Reform,” in Jeffrey R. Brown, Jeffrey Liebman, and David A. Wise (eds.) Social Security Policy in a Changing Environment. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009, 299-327.

“Disability Risk and the Value of Disability Insurance.” in David M. Cutler and David A. Wise (eds.) Health at Older Ages: The Causes and Consequences of Declining Disability Among the Elderly. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008, 295-236. (with Amitabh Chandra)

Works in progress

“The Welfare Cost of Perceived Policy Uncertainty: Evidence from Social Security”

"The Insurance Value of Financial Aid"

"Effects of Income Tax Changes on Economic Growth"

Selected works and activities

Member, Census Scientific Advisory Committee