John P. Laitner
MRRC Director & Professor of Economics
University of Michigan
John Laitner (PhD in economics, Harvard) is director of the University of Michigan Retirement Research Center (MRRC), research professor at the Institute for Social Research, and professor of economics at the University of Michigan. His research interest focuses on macroeconomic theory, long-run growth, and public policy. He has worked with theoretical and empirical models of life-cycle saving and private intergenerational transfers, human capital accumulation and education, technological change, and the national distribution of wealth. His recent publications include "Bequest Motives: A Comparison of Sweden and the United States," Journal of Public Economics (with Henry Ohlsson); "Technological Change and the Stock Market," American Economic Review (with Dmitriy Stolyarov); "Valuing Lost Home Production of Dual Earner Couples," International Economic Review (with Christopher House and D. Stolyarov); "Consumption, Retirement and Social Security: Evaluating the Efficiency of Reform that Encourages Longer Careers," Journal of Public Economics (with Dan Silverman); "Economic Theories of Retirement," a chapter in the Oxford Handbook of Retirement (with Amanda Sonnega); and, "Derivative Ideas and the Value of Intangible Assets," International Economic Review (with D. Stolyarov).