Brigitte Madrian

Aetna Professor of Public Policy and Corporate Management, Harvard Kennedy School

Brigitte Madrian is the Aetna Professor of Public Policy and Corporate Management at the Harvard Kennedy School.  Before coming to Harvard in 2006, she was on the Faculty at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School (2003-2006), the University  of Chicago Graduate School of Business (1995-2003) and the Harvard University Economics Department (1993-19 95).  She is also a research associate and co-director of the Household Finance working group at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and co-editor of the Journal of Human Resources. Dr. Madrian’s current research focuses on household saving and investment behavior.  Her work in this area has impacted the design of employer-sponsored savings plans in the U.S. and has influenced pension reform legislation both in the U.S. and abroad. She has also examined the impact of health insurance on the job choice and retirement decisions of employees and the hiring decisions of firms. Dr. Madrian received her Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and studied economics as an undergr aduate at Brigham Young University.  She is the recipient of the National Academy of Social Insurance Dissertation Prize (first place, 1994) and the TIAA-CREF Paul A. Samuelson Award for Scholarly Research on Lifelong Financial Security (2002).