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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

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. 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.

Plassman, B.L., Kenneth M. Langa, G.G. Fisher, Steven Heeringa, David Weir, Mary Beth Ofstedal, J.R. Burke, M.D. Hurd, G.G. Potter, Willard Rodgers, D.C. Steffens, J.J. McArdle, Robert Willis, and R.B. Wallace. 2008. "Prevalence of cognitive impairment without dementia in the United States." Annals of Internal Medicine, 148(6): 427-434. PMCID: PMC2670458. Abstract.

Plassman, B.L., Kenneth M. Langa, G.G. Fisher, Steven Heeringa, David Weir, Mary Beth Ofstedal, J.R. Burke, M.D. Hurd, G.G. Potter, Willard Rodgers, D.C. Steffens, Robert Willis, and R.B. Wallace. 2007. "Prevalence of dementia in the united states: The aging, demographics, and memory study." Neuroepidemiology, 29(1-2): 125-132. PMCID: PMC2705925. DOI. Abstract.

Chapters

Brien, M., and Robert Willis. 2008. "Costs and Consequences for the Fathers." In Kids having kids : economic costs & social consequences of teen pregnancy edited by Hoffman, Saul D., Maynard, Rebecca A.. :119-160. Washington, D.C.: Urban Institute Press.

Willis, Robert. 2008. "Interpreting norms of obligation as planner's preferences for distributional justice : a formal economic model." In Intergenerational caregiving edited by Booth, Alan. :341-350. Washington, D.C.: Urban Institute Press.

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