HENRY J. AARON
Henry J. Aaron is currently Bruce and Virginia MacLaury Senior Fellow in the Economic
Studies Program at the Brookings Institution. From 1990 through 1996 he was the Director of the
Economic Studies Program.
He initially joined the Brookings staff in 1968. From 1967 until 1989 he also taught at the
University of Maryland. In 1977 and 1978 he served as Assistant Secretary for Planning and
Evaluation at the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. He chaired the 1979 Advisory
Council on Social Security. During the academic year 1996-97 he was a Guggenheim Fellow at the
Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.
He is a graduate of U.C.L.A and holds a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.
He is a member of the Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences,
the advisory committee of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, and the visiting
committee of the Harvard Medical School. He is a member of the board of directors of Abt
Associates and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. He was a founding member, vice-
president, and chair of the board of the National Academy of Social Insurance. He has been vice-
president and member of the executive committee of the American Economic Association and was
president of the Association of Public Policy and Management. He has been a member of the boards
of directors of the College Retirement Equity Fund and Georgetown University.
His publications include: Taxing Capital Income: Do We? Should We? Can We? (coedited
with Leonard Burman and Eugene Steuerle); Can We Say No: The Challenge of Health Care
Rationing (with Melissa Cox); Coping With Methuselah: The Impact of Molecular Biology on
Medicine and Society, (co-edited with William Schwartz); Agenda for the Nation (coedited with
James Lindsay and Pietro Nivola); Crisis in Tax Administration (co-edited with Joel Slemrod); The
Plight of Academic Med