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DISTINGUISHED INSTITUTE FELLOW
Robert D. Reischauer
Robert D. Reischauer, PhD, is one of the two public trustees of the Social Security and Medicare trust funds and the former president of the Urban Institute, having led the organization for 12 years from February 2000 through February 2012. Between 1989 and 1995, he served as the director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Reischauer was previously a senior fellow in the Economic Studies Program of the Brookings Institution (1986-89 and 1985-2000) and senior vice president of the Urban Institute (1981-86).
A nationally recognized economist, Reischauer writes and lectures on a wide range of topics including federal budget policy, health reform, social welfare issues, and the Medicare and Medicaid programs. He frequently contributes to the opinion pages of the nation's major newspapers, comments on public policy developments on radio and television, and testifies before congressional committees.
Reischauer is the Senior Fellow of the Harvard Corporation and serves on the boards of several other educational and nonprofit organizations. He was a member of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission from 2000-09 and was its vice chair from 2001-08. He holds an A.B. from Harvard and a master's and Ph.D. (in economics) from Columbia.
Institute Fellows come to UI from distinguished careers in government service, academia, community leadership, journalism, and business. Fellows direct some of the Institute's major research projects, conduct individual research, write for professional and mass market publications, regularly testify before Congress, and make broadcast media appearances to discuss their areas of expertise. Our Institute Fellows are: