Susann Rohwedder

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Associate Director, RAND Center for the Study of Aging; Senior Economist
Santa Monica Office


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 and associate director of the RAND Center for the Study of Aging. Her research focuses on the economics of aging in the areas of household consumption and saving behavior, retirement, long-term care and expectation formation.

Rohwedder has written on the impact of public pensions on household saving; 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; the lifetime risk of nursing home entry and associated out-of-pocket expenditures; and various topics involving individuals’ expectations about future outcomes. 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, led the design and collection of over 60 waves for the Financial Crisis Surveys fielded on the RAND American Life Panel and plays a leading role in the design and operations of the monthly data collections in the ongoing Singapore Life Panel.  

Rohwedder is a research fellow of NETSPAR (Network for Studies on Pensions, Aging, and Retirement) in the Netherlands, serves on the Survey Committee of the German Socio-Economic Panel and is associate editor of the Journal of the Economics of Ageing. She holds master's degrees from the University of Warwick 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; Associate Editor, Journal of the Economics of Ageing

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
  • Trends in dementia prevalence
  • Effects of the economic crisis on American households

Selected Publications

Angrisani, M., Hurd, M. D., Meijer, E., Parker, A. M. and Rohwedder, S., "Personality and Employment Transitions at Older Ages: Direct and Indirect Effects through Non-Monetary Job Characteristics," Labour, 2017

Hurd, Michael D. and Susann Rohwedder, "Heterogeneity in Spending Change at Retirement," Journal of the Economics of Ageing, 1, 2013

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), 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), 2009

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

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

Hurd, Michael D., Pierre-Carl Michaud and Susann Rohwedder "The Lifetime Risk of Nursing Home Use," in David Wise, Discoveries in the Economics of Aging, University of Chicago Press, 2014

Honors & Awards

  • Research Fellow, NETSPAR (Network for Studies on Pensions, Aging and Retirement)
  • Bronze Merit Award (2010, 2016), RAND


German; French


  • 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