Olivia S. Mitchell

Olivia S. Mitchell, Photograph
Co-Investigator, Health and Retirement Study

Contact Information

International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans Professor

Professor of Insurance/Risk Management and Business Economics

Department of Insurance & Risk Management
The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
3620 Locust Walk, 3000 SHDH
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Ph: 215-898-0424
Fax : 215-898-0310
Email: mitchelo@wharton.upenn.edu


University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ph.D., Economics, 1978
University of Wisconsin-Madison, M.A., Economics, 1976
Harvard University, B.A. magna cum laude, Economics, 1974

Research and Projects

Professor Mitchell's main areas of research focus on private and public insurance, risk management, public finance and labor markets, and compensation and pensions, with a US and an international focus. Her published work analyzes public and private retirement pensions as well as links between wealth, health, and retirement. Mitchell has served on the President's Commission to Strengthen Social Security and the ERISA Advisory Council. Her study on Social Security reform won the Paul Samuelson Award for "Outstanding Writing on Lifelong Financial Security" from TIAA-CREF. She has spoken before the World Economic Forum; the International Monetary Fund: the Investment Company Institute; the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans; the White House Conference on Social Security; the President's Economic Forum; and she has provided testimony to committees of the US Congress, the UK Parliament, the Australian Parliament, and the Brazilian Senate.

Selected Recent Publications

Huffman D, Maurer R, Mitchell OS. Time discounting and economic decision-making in the older population. The Journal of the Economics of Ageing. Forthcoming. doi:10.1016/j.jeoa.2017.05.001.
Gottlieb D, Mitchell OS. Narrow framing and long‐term care insurance. Journal of Risk and Insurance. Forthcoming. doi:10.1111/jori.12290.
Kim HHoikwang, Maurer R, Mitchell OS. How cognitive ability and financial literacy shape the demand for financial advice at older ages. Cambridge, MA: National Bureau of Economic Research; 2019:1-20. doi:10.3386/w25750.
DeLiema M, Deevy M, Lusardi A, Mitchell OS. Exploring the Risks and Consequences of Elder Fraud Victimization: Evidence from the Health and Retirement Study. Ann Arbor, MI: Michigan Retirement Research Center, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan; 2018.