Americans are distinctly unenthusiastic about their options for president this year. Who the candidates are is one problem. What they stand for is another. What are the key issues concerning voters, and what policies best address them? The economist Laurence “Larry” Kotlikoff is here to help us figure this out. He has a purple agenda that blends some red, some blue, and some ideas that almost nobody else talks about. He has unique ideas for solving contentious issues that would replace the personal income tax, the banks, and Social Security as we know them today. Kotlikoff is an innovative thinker, and his ideas are worth our reflection.


Laurence Kotlikoff is a professor of economics at Boston University with a doctorate from Harvard. He is also president of Economic Security Planning, a company that provides personal financial planning tools. His columns, articles, and 21 books cover personal finance, generational policy, climate policy, inequality, tax reform, Social Security, banking, robotization, growth, and more. In 2014, The Economist named him one of the world’s 25 most influential economists.



Peter Coy, our moderator, writes about economics, business, and finance for the Opinion section of The New York Times. Prior to writing for The Times, he was the Economics Editor at Bloomberg Businessweek. Coy is an alum of Cornell University.