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Deirdre Bloome wins ASA award for work on racial inequality and intergenerational transmission

Bob Willis awarded 2015 Jacob Mincer Award for Lifetime Contributions to the Field of Labor Economics

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Robert Willis

Research Professor, Population Studies Center.

Professor, Economics.

Research Professor, Survey Research Center.

Ph.D., University of Washington, Seattle

Dr. Willis has made important contributions to research in labor economics and the economics of fertility and the family. He is currently conducting research on out-of-wedlock childbearing and intergenerational transfers in Asia and the United States. Dr. Willis is past Director of the Health and Retirement Study.

Recent Publications

Journal Articles

McFall, B., Marta Murray-Close, Robert Willis, and U. Chen. 2015. "Is It All Worth It? The Experiences of New PhDs on the Job Market, 2007-10." Journal of Economic Education, 46(1): 83-104. DOI. Abstract.

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. DOI. Abstract.

Hudomiet, Péter, and Robert Willis. 2013. "Estimating Second Order Probability Beliefs from Subjective Survival Data." Decision Analysis, 10(2): 152-170. PMCID: PMC3882032. DOI. Abstract.

Parker, A., W. de Bruin, J. Yoong, and Robert Willis. 2012. "Inappropriate Confidence and Retirement Planning: Four Studies with a National Sample." Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 25(4): 382-389. PMCID: PMC3462465. DOI. Abstract.

Hudomiet, Peter, Gabor Kezdi, and Robert Willis. 2011. "Stock market crash and expectations of American households." Journal of Applied Econometrics, 26(3): 393-415. PMCID: PMC3086799. DOI. Abstract.

Smith, James P., John J. McArdle, and Robert Willis. 2010. "Financial Decision Making and Cognition in a Family Context." Economic Journal, 120(548): F363-F380. PMCID: PMC2992344. DOI. Abstract.

Rohwedder, Susann, and Robert Willis. 2010. "Mental Retirement." Journal of Economic Perspectives, 24(1): 119-138. PMCID: PMC2958696. DOI. Abstract.

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