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Susann Rohwedder

Senior Economist


Susann Rohwedder is a Senior Economist at RAND, Associate Director of the RAND Center for the Study of Aging and an affiliate member of the faculty of the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her research focuses on the economics of aging in the areas of household consumption and saving behavior, retirement, and expectation formation. She has written on the impact of pension reforms on household saving in the U.K.; on the adequacy of retirement resources of U.S. households near retirement; on the effect of retirement on cognitive ability; on spending and saving patterns among the older population; consumption- and income-based poverty measures at older ages, and on individuals’ expectations about future Social Security benefits and longevity. Other papers deal with data quality and survey methods. Rohwedder has extensive experience in survey design and data collection: she is jointly responsible for the design of the HRS Consumption and Activities Mail Survey, several modules for the American Life Panel (ALP) and the HRS Internet Survey.  In a most recent research effort she is leading the collection of high-frequency household data to assess and track the effects of the Great Recession. 

Several of her research activities have an international dimension: she participated in an international savings comparison project; she has ongoing work comparing saving and retirement across the U.S. and several European countries; she participated in the European Research Training Network on the Economics of Ageing in Europe and is a research fellow of NETSPAR in the Netherlands. She has a Ph.D. in Economics from University College London and holds Masters degrees from the University of Warwick (UK) and the Sorbonne in Paris.

Associated Research Projects

UM18-Q4: Assessing Economic Resources in Retirement: The Role of Withdrawals from Tax-Advantaged Retirement Accounts
UM18-Q3: Addition to the RAND HRS Longitudinal Files: IRA Withdrawals in the HRS, 2000-2016
UM17-10: How do Changes in Health and Cognition Affect the Timing of Retirement? Evidence from Occupational Job Demands and Job Mismatch
UM16-13: The Impact of Unemployment and Re-Employment on Household Consumption Measured at High Frequency over a Six-Year Period
UM15-10: Measuring Economic Preparation for Retirement: Income Versus Consumption
UM14-06: The Effect of Wealth Shocks in the Great Recession on Time-use and Budget Shares.
UM13-Q4: Cognitive Ability, Expectations, and Beliefs about the Future: Psychological influences on retirement decisions
UM13-05: Expectations and Consumption
UM12-11: Personality Traits and Economic Preparation for Retirement
UM12-06: Expectations about Social Security and Retirement Planning: The Role of Uncertainty and the Impact of Economic Shocks
UM11-17: Consumption and Differential Mortality
UM11-10: The Effects of the Financial Crisis on Actual and Anticipated Consumption
UM10-18: The Effect of Out-of-Pocket Spending for Health Care on Economic Preparation for Retirement
UM10-06: The Effects of the Economic Crisis on Retirement and Spending
UM09-16: International comparisons: The Effect of Policy on Work, Disability and Wealth
UM09-08: The Level and Risk of Out-of-Pocket Health Care Spending
UM08-16: Pension Reform in Mexico: The Effect of Personal Retirement Accounts on Preparation for Retirement
UM08-11: Adequacy of Economic Resources in Retirement: Model-Based Estimations
UM08-08: Individuals’ Uncertainty about Their Future Social Security Benefits
UM07-21: Forecasting Labor Force Participation and Economic Resources of the Early Baby-Boomers
UM07-07: Adequacy of Economic Resources in Retirement and Returns-to-scale in Consumption
UM06-14: Pathways to Bad Retirement Outcomes
UM06-03: Alternative Measures of Replacement Rates
UM05-10: The Impact of Misperceptions about Social Security on Saving and Well-Being
UM05-08: Consumption and Economic Well-Being at Older Ages
UM04-13: Changes in Consumption and Activities in Retirement
UM03-10: Consumption and Time-Use Before and After Retirement
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