Susann Rohwedder

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Associate Director, RAND Center for the Study of Aging; Senior Economist, RAND; Faculty Member, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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Ph.D., M.A. in economics, University College London; M.S. in economics, University of Warwick

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Susann Rohwedder is a senior economist at the RAND Corporation, associate director of the RAND Center for the Study of Aging, and a member of the Pardee RAND Graduate School faculty. Her research focuses on the economics of aging in the areas of household consumption and saving behavior, retirement, and expectation formation.

Rohwedder has written on the impact of pension reforms on household saving in the UK; the adequacy of retirement resources of U.S. households near retirement; the effect of retirement on cognitive ability; spending and saving patterns among the older population; consumption- and income-based poverty measures at older ages; and individuals' expectations about future Social Security benefits and longevity. Other papers deal with data quality and survey methods. She is currently leading the collection of high-frequency household data to assess and track the effects of the Great Recession.

Several of Rohwedder's research activities have an international dimension: She participated in an international savings comparison project; has ongoing work comparing saving and retirement across the United States and several European countries; and participated in the European Research Training Network on the “Economics of Ageing in Europe” and is a research fellow of NETSPAR (Network for Studies on Pensions, Aging, and Retirement) in the Netherlands. Rohwedder holds master's degrees from the University of Warwick (UK) and the Sorbonne in Paris and a Ph.D. in economics from University College London.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Research Fellow, NETSPAR; Researcher, Michigan Retirement Research Center

Previous Positions

Research Scholar, Institute for Fiscal Studies, London

Recent Projects

  • Economic well-being at older ages
  • Expectation formation about retirement resources and retirement planning
  • Spending patterns of the older population
  • International comparisons of saving and retirement behavior
  • Effects of the economic crisis on American households

Selected Publications

Delavande, Adeline and Susann Rohwedder, "Differential Survival in Europe and the United States: Estimates Based on Subjective Probabilities of Survival," Demography, 2011

Rohwedder, Susann and Robert J. Willis, "Mental Retirement," Journal of Economic Perspectives, 24(1):119-38, 2010

Hurd, Michael D. and Susann Rohwedder "Spending Patterns in the Older Population," in A. Drolet, N. Schwarz, and C. Yoon, The Aging Consumer: Perspectives from Psychology and Economics, Routledge: New York, 2010

Hurd, Michael D. and Susann Rohwedder, "Methodological Innovations in Collecting Spending Data: The HRS Consumption and Activities Mail Survey," Fiscal Studies, 30(3/4):435-459, 2009

Delavande, Adeline and Susann Rohwedder, "Eliciting Subjective Probabilities in Internet Surveys," Public Opinion Quarterly, 72(5):866-891, 2008

Rohwedder, Susann, Steven J. Haider and Michael D. Hurd, "Increases in Wealth Among the Elderly in the Early 1990s: How Much Is Due to Survey Design?" Review of Income and Wealth, 52(4):509-524, 2006

Attanasio, Orazio P. and Susann Rohwedder, "Pension Wealth and Household Saving: Evidence from Pension Reforms in the United Kingdom," American Economic Review, 93(5):1499-1521, 2003

Banks, James and Susann Rohwedder, "Life-cycle saving patterns and pension arrangements in the UK," Research in Economics, 55:83-107, 2001

Honors & Awards

  • Research Fellow, NETSPAR (Network for Studies on Pensions, Aging and Retirement)
  • Bronze Merit Award, RAND


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  • A senior man working on a tablet

    Living Longer, Working Longer

    When people live longer, the costs of Social Security and Medicare increase and threaten the sustainability of these programs. Households also worry about how to finance more retirement years. But people are working longer, and if they continue to do so, they will reduce some of the problems.

    Aug 25, 2016 The RAND Blog

  • Businesswoman working late in an office

    One in Five Hourly Employees Working Overtime Not Properly Compensated

    Most laws as old as the Fair Labor Standards Act regularly need tuning up. But its overtime provisions are complicated because some workers are exempt from being covered. A survey of more than 1,500 employed adults finds that employers are violating the rules.

    Sep 4, 2015 The RAND Blog