Susann Rohwedder is a Senior Economist at RAND, Associate Director of the RAND Center for the Study of Aging and an affiliate member of the faculty of the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her research focuses on the economics of aging in the areas of household consumption and saving behavior, retirement, and expectation formation. She has written on the impact of pension reforms on household saving in the U.K.; on the adequacy of retirement resources of U.S. households near retirement; on the effect of retirement on cognitive ability; on spending and saving patterns among the older population; consumption- and income-based poverty measures at older ages, and on individuals’ expectations about future Social Security benefits and longevity. Other papers deal with data quality and survey methods. Rohwedder has extensive experience in survey design and data collection: she is jointly responsible for the design of the HRS Consumption and Activities Mail Survey, several modules for the American Life Panel (ALP) and the HRS Internet Survey. In a most recent research effort she is leading the collection of high-frequency household data to assess and track the effects of the Great Recession.
Several of her research activities have an international dimension: she participated in an international savings comparison project; she has ongoing work comparing saving and retirement across the U.S. and several European countries; she participated in the European Research Training Network on the Economics of Ageing in Europe and is a research fellow of NETSPAR in the Netherlands. She has a Ph.D. in Economics from University College London and holds Masters degrees from the University of Warwick (UK) and the Sorbonne in Paris.