William G. Gale            

Mr. Gale is a Senior Fellow and holds the Arjay and Frances Miller Chair in Federal Economic Policy in the Economic Studies Program at the Brookings Institution. He is deputy director of the Economic Studies Program and co-director of the Tax Policy Center, a joint venture of the Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute. His areas of expertise include tax policy, budget and fiscal policy, and public and private saving behavior and pensions, and intergenerational transfers of wealth.

Before joining Brookings, Mr. Gale was an assistant professor in the Department of Economics at the University of California at Los Angeles, and a senior staff economist for the Council of Economic Advisers. He has also served as a consultant to the General Accounting Office and the World Bank.

Mr. Gale is co-editor of Rethinking Estate and Gift Taxation (2001), Economic Effects of Fundamental Tax Reform (1996), the Brookings-Wharton Papers on Urban Affairs, (1999-present) and two forthcoming volumes: The Evolving Pension System: Trends, Effects, and Proposals for Reform and Private Pensions and Public Policies, all published by Brookings.

Mr. Gale is author or co-author of numerous academic articles including: "An Economic Evaluation of EGTRRA," National Tax Journal (2002), "Perspectives on the Budget Surplus," National Tax Journal (2000), "The Adequacy of Retirement Saving," Brookings Papers on Economic Activity (1999), "The Effects of Pensions on Household Wealth," Journal of Political Economy, (August 1998), "The Illusory Effects of Saving Incentives on Saving," Journal of Economic Perspectives (Fall, 1996), "IRAs and Household Saving," American Economic Review (December, 1994), "Intergenerational Transfers and the Accumulation of Wealth," Journal of Economic Perspectives (Fall, 1994), "Economic Effects of Federal Credit Programs," American Economic Review, (March, 1991). He has also published in a wide variety of popular media outlets, including the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post and currently writes a periodic column called "Tax Break" for the journal Tax Notes.

Mr. Gale has received grants from the National Institute on Aging, the National Science Foundation, Smith-Richardson Foundation, the Social Security Administration, the American Council on Life Insurance, the John M. Olin Foundation, TIAA-CREF Institute, the Department of Labor, the Institute for Research on Poverty, and the Center for American Politics and Public Policy.

Mr. Gale received his B.A. in economics from Duke University and his Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University. He also studied for a year as an undergraduate at the London School of Economics. He lives in Fairfax, VA, with his wife, two children, and golden retriever.