Robert C. Pozen


Robert C. Pozen is currently a Senior Lecturer at MIT Sloan School and a Senior Research Fellow at the Brookings Institution.  He’s an independent director of Medtronic and Nielsen.

In the business world, Bob was president of Fidelity Investments and chairman of MFS Investments. In the government world, Bob was formerly a senior official at the SEC, and also served as Secretary of Economic Affairs under Governor Mitt Romney.

Bob has written many op eds for the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and other newspapers, as well as seven books. His latest book, Extreme Productivity, was ranked #3 of 2012 business books by Fast Company.

Bob graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College and holds a law degree from Yale.

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Recent Commentary


Opinion: Muni Bond Investors Could Lose Out As Pension Crisis Cripples Many U.S. Cities

by Robert C. Pozen, Joshua D. Rauhvia Market Watch
Monday, June 8, 2020
Even before COVID-19 wreaked havoc on municipal budgets, many American cities were already in deep financial trouble. Despite a historic economic boom and an extended bull market, many cities still struggled mightily under the financial burden of the pension promises made to public employees over the past few decades.
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A Tale of Six Cities: Underfunded Retiree Health Care

by Joshua D. Rauh, Robert C. Pozenvia Hoover Institution Press
Friday, June 17, 2016

The growing costs of health care benefits for retired public employees—known as OPEB (other post-employment benefits)—pose a serious challenge to many city governments. In this paper, we analyze the retiree health care systems of six American cities: Boston, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, San Antonia, and Tampa, Florida.

Funding Retiree Healthcare Plans

by Robert C. Pozen, Joshua D. Rauhvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, August 19, 2015

New accounting rules won’t cure the budgetary ills of state and local governments. 

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Relief For Cities’ Budget-Busting Health-Care Costs

by Joshua D. Rauh, Robert C. Pozenvia The Wall Street Journal
Sunday, July 26, 2015

New government accounting rules enable local officials to get unfunded obligations to retirees under control.