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Nicole Maestas, Director

Nicole Maestas, an Associate Professor of Health Care Policy at the Harvard Medical School, studies how the health and disability insurance systems affect individual economic behaviors, such as labor supply and the consumption of medical care.

James J. Choi, Co-Director

James J. Choi is a professor of finance at the Yale School of Management. His research spans behavioral economics, household finance, and health economics, with a particular focus on retirement saving.

Courtney Coile, Co-Director

Courtney C. Coile is a professor of Economics at Wellesley College. Her research focuses on the economics of aging and health, particularly retirement and disability policy. She was co-director of the NBER’s International Social Security Project.

David Autor, Scientific Adviser

David Autor is Ford Professor of Economics in the MIT Department of Economics. His research focuses on the determinants of inequality, with particular emphasis on the impact of technology, automation, and trade on labor market outcomes.

Jeffrey R. Brown, Scientific Adviser

Jeffrey R. Brown is dean and professor of finance at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Gies College of Business. His research focuses on the role of public and private insurance markets in delivering retirement security.

Jeffrey B. Liebman
Jeffrey B. Liebman, Scientific Adviser

Jeffrey B. Liebman is the Malcolm Wiener Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School. His research focuses on tax and budget policy, social insurance, poverty, and income inequality.

This project is supported by the Social Security Administration.

The research reported herein was performed pursuant to grant #RDR18000003 from the US Social Security Administration (SSA) funded as part of the Retirement and Disability Research Consortium. The opinions and conclusions expressed are solely those of the authors and do not represent the opinions or policy of NBER, SSA or any agency of the Federal Government. Neither the United States Government nor any agency thereof, nor any of their employees, makes any warranty, express or implied, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of the contents of this report. Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise does not necessarily constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation or favoring by the United States Government or any agency thereof.

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