James Poterba is the Mitsui Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the President of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is the president of the Eastern Economic Association, a past president of the National Tax Association, a former Vice President of the American Economic Association, and a former Director of the American Finance Association. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Econometric Society.
Dr. Poterba's research focuses on how taxation affects the economic decisions of households and firms. His recent work has emphasized the effect of taxation on the financial behavior of households, particularly their saving and portfolio decisions. He has been especially interested in the analysis of tax-deferred retirement saving programs such as 401(k) plans and in the role of annuities in financing retirement consumption.