About the Speaker

Dr. Thomas Saving earned a B.A. from Michigan State University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.  He holds the titles of University Distinguished Professor and Jeff Montgomery Professor of Economics at Texas A&M University, and Director of the Private Enterprise Research Center.  In 2000, Dr. Saving was appointed by President Clinton to the Board of Trustees of the Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds.  In May 2001, he was appointed by President Bush to the President’s Commission to Strengthen Social Security.  Dr. Saving is a nationally recognized expert in the areas of both Social Security and Medicare and was invited to give testimony before President Clinton’s National Bipartisan Commission on The Future of Medicare.  He has consulted extensively on these issues, including contracts with the American Medical Association and the Federal Trade Commission.  He is co-author of The Economics of Medicare Reform and the co-editor of Medicare Reform: Issues and Answers.  Dr. Saving is widely considered to be the leading academic researcher on privatization of Social Security, and he has published four books and more than fifty articles in major economic journals.

Professor Saving has authored numerous public policy articles that have appeared in the popular press, served as both a referee and a member of the editorial board of major U.S. economics journals and is currently a co-editor of Economic Inquiry.  Previously, he was President of the Western Economics Association, President of the Southern Economics Association, and President of the Association of Private Enterprise Education.