Emma Aguila

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Adjunct Senior Economist; Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office

Education

Ph.D. in economics, University College London; M.Sc. in economics, University College London; B.A. in economics, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM)

Media Resources

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Overview

Emma Aguila a senior economist at the RAND Corporation and a member of the Pardee RAND Graduate School faculty. She is leading a randomized control trial analyzing the impact of a noncontributory pension program in the State of Yucatan, Mexico. She previously worked as a researcher in the chief economist team at the UK Department of Work and Pensions, as a consultant on projects for the World Bank, on the staff of the minister at the Mexican Ministry of Finance, and on the Mexican National Population Council. In 2008, Aguila received RAND's Gold Medal Award for her work to advance RAND's mission and business strategy by developing new international projects. Her research on social security systems, pension provision, and retirement behavior has received several prizes. Aguila received her Ph.D. in economics from University College London.

Recent Projects

  • Experimental design of a noncontributory Social Security program
  • Pension reforms and well-being during retirement
  • Aging, income security, wealth, and health
  • Labor market dynamics and immigration behavior

Selected Publications

Aguila, Emma, "Male Labor Force Participation and Social Security in Mexico," Journal of Pension Economics and Finance, 2013 (forthcoming)

Aguila, E. and Zissimopoulos, J., "Retirement and health benefits for Mexican migrant workers returning from the United States," International Social Security Review, 66(2):101-125, 2013

Aguila, Emma, Orazio Attanasio, and Costas Meghir, "Changes in Consumption at Retirement: Evidence from Panel Data," Review of Economics and Statistics, 93(3):1094-1099, 2011

Aguila, Emma, "Personal Retirement Accounts and Saving," American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 3(4):1-21, 2011

Honors & Awards

  • 2008 Gold Medal Award, RAND Corporation
  • First Prize, Inter-American Award for Research on Social Security, 2007
  • First Prize Award on Pensions, CONSAR, Mexico, 2005

Languages

Spanish

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: Diario del Bajío, Mexico; Diario de Yucatán, Mexico; Financial Times, UK; La Jornada, Mexico; Milenio, Mexico; Periódico a.m., Mexico

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