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MacArthur Fellows / Meet the Class of August 1983

Alice M. Rivlin

Economist and Policy Analyst

Age: 52

Published August 1, 1983

Alice Rivlin is an economist and an active participant in making and implementing federal policy at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget and at the Federal Reserve Bank.

Throughout her career, Rivlin has linked her work in academic policy analysis with efforts to improve the process of federal decision making, both in the Executive Branch and in Congress.  Her analytical studies and writings have addressed major policy issues, such as budget priorities, deficit reduction, financing of health, education and human services, and the enhancement of economic growth.  She is the author of several books, including Systematic Thinking for Social Action (1971), Setting National Priorities (3 vols. 1971-73), Economic Choices (2 vols. 1984, 1986), and Reviving the American Dream: The Economy, the States, and the Federal Government (1992).

Rivlin was a senior fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution when she was asked by President Clinton to serve in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget in 1993, first as deputy director, and then as director (1994-96).  Since 2002, she has been director of the Greater Washington Research Program at the Brookings Institution and a visiting professor at the Public Policy Institute of Georgetown University.

Rivlin received a B.A. (1952) from Bryn Mawr College and an M.A. (1955) and a Ph.D. (1958) from Radcliffe College.

Last updated January 1, 2005.

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