Kent Smetters is the Boettner Chair Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He previously served as deputy assistant secretary for economic policy at the U.S. Treasury. He coauthored Fiscal and Generational Imbalances: New Budget Measures for New Budget Priorities (AEI Press, 2003) and coedited The Pension Challenge: Risk Transfers and Retirement Income Security (Oxford University Press, 2004). He has published academic articles in leading journals, including the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, and The Quarterly Journal of Economics. He is often cited in major media outlets.


  • Associate Professor, 2004-present; Research Associate, Pension Research Council, 1998-present; Assistant Professor, 1998-2004, Department of Insurance and Risk Management, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  • Member, National Academy of Social Insurance, 2002-present
  • Research Associate, Public Economics, 2001-present; Faculty Research Fellow, Aging Program, 2000-present, National Bureau of Economic Research
  • Research Associate, Michigan Retirement Research Center, 2000-present
  • Sloan Fellow, Wharton Financial Institutions Center, 1999-present;  Research Associate, Population Studies Center, 1998-present, University of Pennsylvania
  • Consultant, 2002-2003; Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy, 2001-2002, U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • Member, Blue Ribbon Advisory Panel on Dynamic Scoring, U.S. Congress, 2002-2003
  • Kaiser Visiting Professor, Department of Economics, Stanford University, 2000-2001
  • Consultant, World Bank, 1999
  • Consultant, Urban Institute, 1998-99
  • Economist, Congressional Budget Office, 1995-99



Ph.D., M.A., economics, Harvard University
B.S., economics; B.S., computer science, Ohio State University