Jagadeesh Gokhale is a Project Director with the UPenn-Wharton Public Policy Initiative. He earlier worked as a senior fellow at the Cato Institute (2004-2014), visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (2003), consultant at the U.S. Treasury Department (2002), and senior economic advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland (1990-2003). An economist by training, his main research fields are macro and public economics with a special focus on the effects of fiscal policy on future generations. During 2008, he served as a member of the Task Force on Sustainability Issues for the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board.
Dr. Gokhale has written extensively on policy issues including Social Security and Medicare reform, national saving, private insurance, financial planning, wealth inequality, generational accounting, and public intergenerational transfers and he has testified several times before Congress on these topics. He has published several papers in such top-tier journals as the American Economic Review, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economics and Statistics; in publications of the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Cleveland Federal Reserve; in the U.S. Budget report's Analytical Perspectives; and in popular newspapers and online media such as the Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, The Washington Post, American Spectator, and Forbes.
Dr. Gokhale is a co-author of Fiscal and Generational Imbalances that revealed the U.S. fiscal imbalance to be in the tens of trillions of dollars. In 2010, he published Social Security: A Fresh Look at Policy Alternatives which constructs a different method for determining solvency of the Social Security trust funds. Current term of office: November 2009 through September 2015.
There are currently no outstanding nominations or appointments to the Board.
Former Director of the U.S. National Tax Practice for Ernst & Young LLP