NBER Pre-Doctoral Fellowships in
Aging and Health Economics


NBER's pre-doctoral fellowship program, funded by the National Institute on Aging under the direction of Professor David A. Wise, gives pre-doctoral fellows exposure to a wide range of NBER research projects related to the economics of aging and health care. Participating pre-doctoral fellows pursue independent research while benefitting from opportunities for regular interaction with the Bureau's large network of prominent investigators working in this field.


Applicants must
-be enrolled as a PhD student in the greater-Boston area, and
-be US citizens, non-citizen nationals, or lawfully admitted to the US for permanent residence.

NBER encourages applications from individuals from under-represented racial and ethnic groups; individuals with disabilities; and/or individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

How to Apply

Candidates must submit a short research summary – no more than 500 words – along with a current cv and the names and contact information of two academic references.

    Major Themes of NBER Research
    on Aging and Health Economics


    Economic implications of population aging

    Psychological factors in economic lifecycle

    Determinants of work, retirement, and
    saving decisions

    Behavioral factors in saving

    International comparisons of population aging,
    retirement, health, and economic circumstances

    Health Economics

    Relationships between wealth, health, and longevity

    Causes of escalating health care expenditures

    Effects of government health care policies
    on treatment decisions and costs

    Access to health care services

    Relationships between physical health, mental
    health, cognition, and functional ability

    Effects of health status on other aspects of