Research Professor Emeritus, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research.
Ph.D., Economics, University of Washington, Seattle
Dr. Willis' research interests include labor economics, economic demography, economic development and the economics of aging. He has done research relating to economic behavior over the entire lifecycle including theoretical and empirical research on fertility; marriage, divorce and out-of-wedlock childbearing, education and earnings, intergenerational transfers and determinants of poverty among elderly widows. Dr. Willis is past Director of the Health and Retirement Study. Recently, he has begun a new area of research dealing with the relationship between probabilistic thinking and savings and wealth accumulation and other aspects of cognition.
Select Aging Publications
Sonnega, Amanda, Brooke Helppie-McFall, Peter Hudomiet, Robert Willis, and Gwenith Fisher. Forthcoming. "A Comparison of Subjective and Objective Job Demands and Fit With Personal Resources as Predictors of Retirement Timing in a National U.S. Sample." Work, Aging and Retirement.
Kézdi, Gábor, and Robert Willis. 2014. "Expectations, Aging and Cognitive Decline." In Discoveries in the Economics of Aging edited by Wise, David A.. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Hsu, J., and Robert Willis. 2013. "Dementia Risk and Financial Decision Making by Older Households: The Impact of Information." Journal of Human Capital, 7(4): 340-377. PMCID: PMC4267321.
Hudomiet, Péter, and Robert Willis. 2013. "Estimating Second Order Probability Beliefs from Subjective Survival Data." Decision Analysis, 10(2): 152-170. PMCID: PMC3882032.
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