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Jason Fichtner

Associate Director of the Master’s in International Economics and Finance

Senior Lecturer of International Economics


Jason J. Fichtner is a Senior Lecturer and an Associate Director of the Master of International Economics and Finance (MIEF) program. Fichtner first joined the SAIS faculty in 2011 as an adjunct professor, teaching courses in public finance and cost benefit analysis.

Previously, he was a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Fichtner served in several positions at the Social Security Administration, including as Deputy Commissioner of Social Security (acting), Chief Economist, and Associate Commissioner for Retirement Policy. He also served as senior economist with the Joint Economic Committee of the US Congress.

Fichtner’s research focuses on Social Security, federal tax policy, federal budget policy, retirement security, and policy proposals to increase saving and investment.

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

He was also an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy and the Virginia Tech Center for Public Administration and Policy, where he taught courses in economics, public finance, public policy process, public management, and public budgeting processes.

Fichtner earned his BA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; his MPP from Georgetown University; and his PhD in public administration and policy from Virginia Tech.

Fichtner, J. J., & Feldman, J. M. (2015). The hidden cost of federal tax policy. Arlington, VA: Mercatus Center, George Mason University.


In the News

Trump’s payroll-tax deferment plan and social security.

Jason Fichtner quoted in The Wall Street Journal, 8/12

U.S. fiscal policy in the wake of COVID-19.

Jason Fichtner participated in Library of Congress webinar, 7/23

The wealth of generations, with special attention to the millennials

Jason Fichtner wrote for The National Bureau for Economic Research, 5/11

Industry-led ‘Retirement Income Institute’ to launch.

Jason Fichtner cited in Retirement Income Journal, 1/30

Experts: 70 is the golden age to max out SS benefits.

Jason Fichtner quoted by Workforce, 9/26

Millennials are the new face of the retirement crisis.

Jason Fichtner cited in MarketWatch, 8/29

A pro-growth carbon tax could lower the payroll tax rate.

Jason Fichtner wrote in Washington Examiner, 8/3

Claim Social Security at the right time.

Jason Fichtner quoted in Kipling, 8/1

The looming storm no one is talking about.

Jason Fichtner quoted in Crain’s Chicago Business, 4/25

How to improve the U.S. tax system.

Jason Fichtner interviewed on C-SPAN Washington Journal, 4/15

If your taxes are a complicated mess, you’re not alone.

Jason Fichtner wrote for Roll Call, 4/8