RAND Conference Program

Demography, Epidemiology and Economics of Aging

July 9-10, 2008

RAND Headquarters
Santa Monica, California

Note: Speakers are preliminary and are subject to change.

Wednesday July 9, 2008

8:00 - 8:30 A.M.


8:30 - 8:50 A.M.

Introductions and opening remarks

Julie Zissimopoulos, Economist, RAND Corporation and Director, RAND Postdoctoral Training Program in the Study of Aging
Michael Hurd, Senior Economist, RAND Corporation and Director, Center for the Study of Aging

8:50 - 9:00 A.M.

John Phillips, NIH, Chief, Population and Social Processes Branch

Overview of the National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging

Chairperson: Daphna Gans, NIA Postdoctoral Fellow in the Study of Aging, RAND Corporation

9:00 - 10:30 A.M.

Ronald Lee, University of California, Berkeley

Macroeconomic Consequences of the Demographic Transition and Population Aging

10:30 - 11:00 A.M.


11:00 - 12:30 P.M.

David Blau, Ohio State University

Recent developments in the economics of retirement

12:30 - 2:00 P.M.


1:15 - 1:45 P.M.

Patricia St. Clair, RAND Corporation

Presentation on RAND HRS Data Files (this workshop is optional)

Chairperson: Sarah Ruiz Ramon, NICHD Postdoctoral Fellow in Population Studies, RAND Corporation

2:00 - 3:15 P.M.

Annamaria Lusardi, Dartmouth College

Household saving and financial decision-making: The importance of financial literacy

3:15 - 3:45 P.M.


3:45 - 5:00 P.M.

David Laibson, Harvard University

Retirement Saving: Psychology, Behavior, and Institutions

5:00 P.M.


6:00 - 9:00 P.M.

Dinner: Shutters on the Beach, Handlebar Private Dining Room

Thursday July 10, 2008

8:30 - 9:00 A.M.


Chairperson: Gema Zamarro, Associate Economist, RAND Corporation

9:00 - 10:30 A.M.

James Banks, University College London

Using international comparisons to study ageing: Evidence on health, disability and retirement in the U.S. and England

10:30 - 11:00 A.M.


11:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.

Ellen Peters, University of Oregon

Aging-related changes in decision making

12:30 - 1:30 P.M.


Chairperson: Amy Rauer, NIA Postdoctoral Fellow in the Study of Aging, RAND Corporation

1:30 - 2:45 P.M.

Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, The Ohio State University Medical Center

Stress and Depression Can be Deadly: New Perspectives on Aging, Morbidity, and Mortality from Psychoneuroimmunology

2:45 - 3:00 P.M.


3:00 - 4:15 P.M.

James Smith, RAND

Vignettes in the Social Sciences

4:15 - 4:30 P.M.

Closing remarks

4:30 P.M.