Jason Fichtner

Jason Fichtner

Adjunct Lecturer
International Economics

Background and Education

Jason J. Fichtner is Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center, a university-based research center at George Mason University.  Previously, he served in several positions at the Social Security Administration (SSA) including Deputy Commissioner of Social Security (Acting), Chief Economist and Associate Commissioner for Retirement Policy.  Prior to the Social Security Administration, Dr. Fichtner was a Senior Economist with the Joint Economic Committee (JEC) of the United States Congress. 


Dr. Fichtner’s primary research interests and publications address issues such as social security, federal tax policy, federal budget policy, retirement security, and policy proposals to increase saving and investment.


Before joining the JEC, he was a Senior Consultant with the Office of Federal Tax Services of Arthur Andersen in Washington, DC.  At Arthur Andersen he worked on transfer pricing issues for large multinational corporations to ensure compliance with U.S. and international tax regulations.  Jason started his DC-based career as an Economist with the Research Division of the Internal Revenue Service, where he forecast return volumes and developed econometric models to assist tax compliance and administrative initiatives.


His work has been featured in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Investor’s Business Daily, the Los Angeles Times, the Atlantic, and USA Today, as well as on broadcasts by PBS, NBC, and NPR.


Jason received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; his Master of Public Policy degree from Georgetown University; and his PhD in Public Administration & Policy from Virginia Tech.  He also serves on the Adjunct Faculty at the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy. Jason has been teaching at SAIS since 2011.

2015-04-08 00:00:00 
Spring 2015