Martin Feldstein

Economic Advisor to Presidents and Harvard Professor

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Economic Advisor to Presidents and Harvard Professor

Martin Feldstein is the George F. Baker Professor of Economics at Harvard University and president emeritus of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He served as president and CEO of the NBER from 1977-82 and 1984-2008. He continues as a research associate of the NBER. The NBER is a private, nonprofit research organization that has specialized for more than 80 years in producing nonpartisan studies of the American economy.

Presidential Economic Advisor

From 1982 through 1984, Feldstein was chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers and President Reagan’s chief economic adviser. He served as president of the American Economic Association in 2004. In 2006, President Bush appointed him to be a member of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board. In 2009, President Obama appointed him to be a member of the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board.


Feldstein is a member of the American Philosophical Society, a corresponding fellow of the British Academy, a fellow of the Econometric Society and a fellow of the National Association of Business Economics. He is a trustee of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the Trilateral Commission, the Group of 30, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Council of Academic Advisors of the American Enterprise Institute.

Awards and Accolades

Feldstein has received honorary doctorates from several universities and is an honorary fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford. In 1977, he received the John Bates Clark Medal of the American Economic Association, a prize awarded every two years to the economist under the age of 40 who is judged to have made the greatest contribution to economic science. He is the author of more than 300 research articles in economics.


Feldstein has been a director of several public corporations. He is also an economic adviser to several businesses and government organizations in the United States and abroad. He is a regular contributor to The Wall Street Journal and other publications.


Feldstein is a graduate of Harvard College and Oxford University. He was born in New York City in 1939. His wife, Kathleen, is also an economist. The Feldsteins have two married daughters.


Presidential Advisor

The Root of the Economic Woes and the Need to Address the Fundamental Cause

Savvy economists saw it coming. The bubble in the housing prices, high loan to value ratio for millions of homeowners and the manner in which mortgages were securitized was not a formula for long-term economic success. The result was household wealth degradation and destruction of capital financial institutions that hold mortgages and mortgage-backed securities. While the country hopes that recent financial rescue plans will bring back the confidence needed to revive the financial system, has the root of the problem been addressed and where do we go from here? In this revealing presentation customized for your organization from one of the world’s leading economists, Martin Feldstein, shares his insights into the current, and complex, economic dynamics; What results we can expect from recent congressional and federal government initiatives; What initiatives will get the economy back on track

The Long View

Feldstein is supremely positioned to assess the current economy and project the long-term results of policies and world affairs. He answers the most pressing questions about the impact of executive and Congressional initiatives cutting through the news clutter to get straight to the facts.

Facts & Forecasts Regarding Economic Decisions: What’s Coming Next

A lively speaker and prolific author, Feldstein’s academic career, government service and private appointments give him a unique perspective into the current debates on both the economy, domestic and worldwide and healthcare.

Calculating the Economy's Future

The President Emeritus of the National Bureau of Economic Research, former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, and adviser to U.S. and international businesses, Martin Feldstein has the experience to help audiences understand what lies in wait for America's economic future: how globalization, the latest monetary and fiscal policy will influence the business and investment climate.

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"Your participation on the panel was terrific and we've received so many compliments from the attendees on the value of the session. This particular event was the best attended general session that we've experienced in many years due in large measure to the current economic environment, the expertise of the panelists, and the engaging conversation that occurred. You were terrific! I also wanted to thank you for taking the time to brief our Board of Directors just prior to the general session. They appreciated your having taken the time to talk with them. Professor Feldstein, it was an honor to have you at our conference and I can't thank you enough for your contributions to its success!"

- | Association for Financial Professionals

Martin Feldstein has been an economic Merlin of sorts, exerting a veiled influence on policy ... few people today have the kind of authority that Feldstein commands.

- | Fortune

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