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Pensions and Palliative Care: Austerity, the Welfare State, and Population Flows in North America

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Dr. Michelle Pannor Silver
 
Assistant Professor University of Toronto
 
Michelle Pannor Silver is currently an Assistant Professor of Health Studies in the Department of Anthropology and the Institute for Health Policy Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto.  Her research in gerontology examines retirement, health information seeking behaviors, attitudes toward aging, and self-rated health. In 2012, she lead the Toronto Retirement & Digital Skills (TRADS) project, a mixed methods study that examined retirement and health information seeking behaviors among older adults in Toronto. 
 
In 2010, Michelle received her PhD from the University of Chicago.  From 2006-2008, she held a National Institute of Aging (NIA) Pre-Doctoral fellowship.  In 2001, she completed an internship at the United States Office of Management and Budget.  From 2002-2003, she worked for the United States GAO.  Michelle has an MPP, BA, and BS from the University of California Berkeley.

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Dr. Jason J. Fichtner
 
Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center
 
Jason J. Fichtner is Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center, a university-based research center at George Mason University. Previously, he served in several positions at the Social Security Administration (SSA) including Deputy Commissioner of Social Security (Acting), Chief Economist and Associate Commissioner for Retirement Policy. Prior to the Social Security Administration, Dr. Fichtner was a Senior Economist with the Joint Economic Committee (JEC) of the United States Congress.
 
Dr. Fichtner’s primary research interests and publications address issues such as social security, federal tax policy, federal budget policy, retirement security, and policy proposals to increase saving and investment.
 
Before joining the JEC, he was a Senior Consultant with the Office of Federal Tax Services of Arthur Andersen in Washington, DC. At Arthur Andersen he worked on transfer pricing issues for large multinational corporations to ensure compliance with U.S. and international tax regulations. Jason started his DC-based career as an Economist with the Research Division of the Internal Revenue Service, where he forecast return volumes and developed econometric models to assist tax compliance and administrative initiatives.
 
Before joining the JEC, he was a Senior Consultant with the Office of Federal Tax Services of Arthur Andersen in
Washington, DC. At Arthur Andersen he worked on transfer pricing issues for large multinational corporations to ensure compliance with U.S. and international tax regulations. Jason started his DC-based career as an Economist with the Research Division of the Internal Revenue Service, where he forecast return volumes and developed econometric models to assist tax compliance and administrative initiatives.
 
Jason received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; his Master of Public Policy degree from Georgetown University; and his Ph.D. in Public Administration & Policy from Virginia Tech. He also serves on the Adjunct Faculty at the Georgetown McCourt School of Public Policy, the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and the Virginia Tech Center for Public Administration & Policy where he teaches courses in economics, public finance, public policy, public management and public budgeting.