Jeffrey Brown

Jeffrey Brown

Dean, College of Business and William G. Karnes Professor of Finance

College of Business

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Jeffrey Brown is the Josef and Margot Lakonishok Endowed Professor in Business and Dean of the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also serves as a professor of finance and was the founding director of the Center for Business and Public Policy. He is the Director of the Retirement Research Center at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) in Cambridge, MA.  He is a Trustee and chair of the Audit Committee for TIAA, where he also serves on the Risk and Compliance Committee and the Investment Committee. He also serves as a member of the Governing Board of the Center for Audit Quality (CAQ) and as Vice Chair of the Board of Managers of UI Singapore Research LLC. 

Brown has published extensively on public and private insurance markets, including articles in The American Economic Review, The Journal of Political Economy, The Journal of Finance, The Journal of Financial Economics, and numerous other journals and books.  He is the recipient of the Lumina Award for Outstanding Research in Insurance and E-Commerce, the Paul A. Samuelson Award for Outstanding Scholarly Writing on Lifelong Financial Security, the ARIA Early Career Scholarly Achievement Award, and the RIIA Achievement in Applied Retirement Research Award. He was also named a University Scholar by the University of Illinois in 2011. Brown has edited four books, the most recent of which explores how the Great Recession affected higher education. He is a co-founder and former co-editor of the Journal of Pension Economics and Finance and an associate editor of the Journal of Risk and Insurance. He has served as a consultant to numerous federal government agencies as well as many of the leading U.S. financial services firms. Prior to graduate school, he was a Brand Manager at the Procter & Gamble Company

Former Experience

Prior to joining the Illinois faculty, Dr. Brown was an assistant professor of public policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. During 2001-2002, he served as Senior Economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisers, where he focused primarily on Social Security, pension reform, and terrorism risk insurance. During 2001 he also served on the staff of the President’s Commission to Strengthen Social Security.  In 2006, President Bush nominated, and the Senate confirmed, Dr. Brown as a member of the Social Security Advisory Board.

Professional Appointments

Director, Retirement Research Center, National Bureau of Economic Research

Trustee and Chair, Audit Committee, TIAA

Member, Governing Board, Center for Audit Quality

Vice Chair, Board of Managers, UI Singapore Research LLC

Member, Advisory Board, Tax Policy Center, Urban Institute/Brookings Institute


PhD: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1999

MPP: Harvard University, 1995

Undergraduate: Miami University (Ohio), 1990

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