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Deborah J. Lucas is the Sloan Distinguished Professor of Finance at the MIT Sloan School of Management and the Director of the new MIT Center for Finance and Policy. Her recent research has focused on the problem of measuring and accounting for the costs and risks of government financial obligations.

Previous appointments include assistant director at the Congressional Budget Office from 2009-2011; Donald C. Clark Professor of Finance at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management from 1996-2009; chief economist at the Congressional Budget Office from 2000 to 2001; senior economist at the Council of Economic Advisers from 1992 to 1993; and member of the Social Security Technical Advisory Panels from 1999-2000 and 2006–2007.

She received her BA, MA, and a PhD in economics from the University of Chicago.


  • –present
    Professor of Finance, Massachusetts Institute of Technology