Research Professor, Population Studies Center.
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.
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.
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.
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.