The authors wish
to thank Jakina Debnam and Brandon Pizzola for invaluableassistance with researching, editing, and developing substantive content for thispaper.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at GeorgeMason University. He currently serves as one of the two public trustees for theSocial Security and Medicare programs.From 2007 to 2009, Blahous served as deputy director of President Bush’sNational Economic Council. From 2001 to 2007, he served as a special assistant tothe president for economic policy. He previously served as executive director of the2001 President’s Commission to Strengthen Social Security, as policy director forU.S. Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH), and as legislative director for U.S. Senator AlanSimpson (R-WY).Blahous is the author of
Social Security: The Unfinished Work
(Hoover Press,2010), and he has published his work in the
Wall Street Journal
Harvard Journal of Legislation
. He was named to
’s “Power 30” listin 2005. Blahous received his PhD in computational quantum chemistry from theUniversity of California at Berkeley and his AB from Princeton University.
Jason J. Fichtner
is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at GeorgeMason University. Previously, he served in several positions at the Social Security Administration, including as Deputy Commissioner of Social Security (Acting),Chief Economist, and Associate Commissioner for Retirement Policy. Fichtner hasalso served as Senior Economist with the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S.Congress. Fichtner earned his AB from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; hisMPP from Georgetown University; and his PhD in Public Administration and Policy from Virginia Tech.