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Kent Smetters: Boettner Professor of Financial Gerontology
October 28, 2008, Volume 55, No. 10



Provost Ronald Daniels and Associate Provost of Faculty Affairs Vincent Price announced the appointment of Dr. Kent Smetters, associate professor of insurance and risk management in the Wharton School, as the Joseph E. and Ruth E. Boettner Professor of Financial Gerontology, effective July 1, 2008.

An expert in Social Security and tax policy, Dr. Smetters has taught at the Wharton School since 1998 and served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Economic Policy in the US Department of Treasury from 2001-2002. Before coming to Wharton, he was an economist in the Congressional Budget Office from 1995-1998. He is currently a Non-Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and has been a consultant to the World Bank and the Urban Institute, and Kaiser Visiting Professor at Stanford University. 

He is co-author of Fiscal and Generational Imbalances: New Budget Measures for New Budget Priorities (American Enterprise Institute Press, 2003) and co-editor with Dr. Olivia Mitchell, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans Professor at Wharton and director of the Boettner Center for Pensions and Retirement Research, of The Pension Challenge: Risk Transfers and Retirement Income Security (Oxford University Press, 2004). He has written extensively for The Wall Street Journal and other public media, in addition to dozens of academic research papers and book chapters.

He is also co-founder of Sports Composite DE and developer of RotoHog, a widely played online fantasy sports game.

Dr. Smetters earned a PhD (1995) and MA (1992) in economics from Harvard University and BS degrees (1990) in economics and computer science from Ohio State University.

The Boettner Professor of Financial Gerontology, endowed by a 1997 gift from the estate of Joseph and Ruth Boettner, carries out research pertinent to economic security and quality of life in an aging society. The Professor, who may be located in any of Penn’s twelve Schools, must have a strong interest in analyzing relationships between the economic wellbeing of the elderly and their social, legal, psychological, physical, and/or environmental well-being.



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