About the Pension Policy Center
March 25, 2013
John A. Turner is Director of the Pension Policy Center. In this capacity, he provides pension policy analysis for U.S. and international organizations, including the Society of Actuaries, AARP International Affairs, AARP Public Policy Institute, Financial Services Volunteer Corps, the Center for Research on Pensions and Welfare Policies (Italy), the Ontario Pensions Board (Canada), the United Nations Development Program (Kosovo), the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, the International Social Security Association (Switzerland), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Brookings Retirement Security Project, the Pension Rights Center, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, and other clients. He served as Senior Policy Advisor in the AARP Public Policy Institute. Previously, he worked at the International Labor Office in Geneva, Switzerland, on social security reform around the world, focusing on lower income countries. He coedited the book, Social Security Pensions: Development and Reform. He has also worked in research offices at the U.S. Social Security Administration and the U.S. Labor Department, where he was the Deputy Director of the pension research office for nine years. He taught as an adjunct lecturer in Economics at George Washington University and Georgetown University and was a Fulbright Scholar in France at the Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales. He is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, serves on the Board of Directors for the European Network for Research on Supplementary Pensions, is a Fellow of the Pensions Institute (U.K.), serves on the Editorial Board for Benefits Quarterly, is the U.S. private pension correspondent to the International Social Security Association, and was chair of the pension committee for the nearly 700 Methodist churches in the Baltimore-Washington Conference. He has been a frequent contributor on pension issues to the Ask the Experts column in the AARP Bulletin, which is received by AARP’s 39 million members. He has published more than 100 articles on pension and social security policy. He received an award for the best article of the year in the Journal of Risk and Insurance. He has authored or edited 14 books–two have been translated into Japanese and two are required reading for examinations of the Society of Actuaries. His articles have been translated into eight languages. He has consulted and presented papers in more than 30 countries. He has done consulting in Tajikistan, Albania, Indonesia, Kosovo, Macedonia, the United Kingdom, and Norway. He has a PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago.
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