Peter Orszag has had many different stages in his career. It began with excellence in academia. He graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy with high honors, and went on to earn his Economics BA from Princeton summa cum laude. He became a Marshall scholar for a year and went to the London School of Economics to study for his MSc in economics. After completing this, he undertook a string of staff economist and advisory positions while studying for his PhD, also in economics. Once he concluded this he began to take on the lead role in various projects. This led into the directorship of first the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and then the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Beginning early in his varied and vibrant path through life, Orszag has produced many high-quality, respected pieces of writing.
Peter Orszag has authored, edited, co-authored and co-edited enough academic and policy papers to fill many volumes. His first notable publications were in 1999 and continue through to the present day. Before these published works, however, he produced reports for the Russian government amongst others. In 1992, immediately after his MSc, he produced Russian Economic Trends, the quarterly report of the Russian Government. This began a long career of writing detailed economic documents a core part of Orszags work. His posts at the Council of Economic Advisers, interspersed by those with the Centre for Economic Performance, spanned the six years following 1993. During this time, he was able to complete his PhD, including his 1997 thesis on the topic of Dynamic Analysis of Regime Shifts Under Uncertainty: Applications to Hyperinflation and Privatization.
Orszags time with the National Economic Council, first as senior economic adviser and then special assistant to the president for economic policy, doubtless provided a tough proving ground for his newfound doctoral prowess. From then on, no matter where he has been employed, Orszags name has been associated with papers from a huge range of institutions. The range of topics covered is even wider. From social security through the reprocessing of nuclear fuel to higher education, anything policy-related with an economic element has featured Orszags expert input.
Orszags writing and editing experience does not end with research and policy papers. He has also co-authored and co-edited various books. From Protecting the Homeland to Saving Social Security: A Balanced Approach, he has brought his expertise to bear in many fields. Until recently, Peter Orszag also shared his knowledge and wisdom through his contributions to the op-ed page in the New York Times. He is now Vice Chairman of Global Banking at Citigroup.