PASEF Fall Lecture, October 7, 2010

Olivia S. Mitchell will discuss "Retirement Challenges in the 21st Century".

Professor Olivia S. Mitchell holds the positions of Chair of the Department of Insurance and Risk Management; Executive Director of the Pension Research Council; and Director of the Boettner Center on Pensions and Retirement Research, all within the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Her areas of research and teaching are private and public insurance, risk management, public finance and labor markets, and compensation and pensions, with a US and international focus. She received her BA in Economics at Harvard University and her PhD in Economics from the University of Wisconsin.

Professor Mitchell has edited or co-authored 11 books in the past 10 years; 8 of these were published by Oxford University Press and the others by the Wharton School or MIT. Sample titles are: "The Future of the Public Employee Retirement System", "Recalibrating Retirement Spending and Saving", and "Restructuring Retirement Risks".

Her work is highly regarded: in 2008 she was awarded the Roger F. Murray Prize from the Institute for Quantitative Research in Finance; that year she also received the Carolyn Shaw Bell Award from the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession. In 2007 she received the Fidelity Pyramid Research Institute Prize for her co-authored study on financial literacy. In 2003 she received the Premio Internazionale Dell'Istituto Nazionale Delle Assicurazioni awarded at the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Rome, Italy, and in 1999 her co-authored work received the Paul A. Samuelson Award for Scholarly Writing on Lifelong Financial Security from TIAA-CREF.

The lecture is at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 7, 2010, in the Class of 1949 Auditorium of Houston Hall. A reception will follow the lecture. This lecture will precede the annual celebration of the Twenty-Five Year Club of the University of Pennsylvania at 5:00 p.m. in Houston Hall. For additional information about the reception and dinner, contact Duncan VanDusen, Secretary of the Club, Room 122, Duhring Wing, University of Pennysylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 19104-6303, or by email to

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