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Julie Zissimopoulos
Research Associate Professor
University of Southern California

Julie M. Zissimopoulos is an Economist at RAND, Professor of Economics at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and Director of the RAND Postdoctoral Training Program in the Study of Aging.  Her research agenda focuses on lifecycle behavior with regards to earnings, wealth and marriage and topics in the economics of aging including health and socio-economic status, labor force behavior, savings behavior, and familial support networks.  Her current research on marriage focuses on lifecycle marital events and their timing and their association with lifecycle earnings, wealth and health at older ages.  She has published several papers on the labor force participation and savings behavior of older self-employed workers in the U.S. and has extended the study to a comparison across several countries. Ongoing work on intergenerational transfers analyzes intervivos cash transfers, bequests and the disposition of housing. For much of this research, Zissimopoulos uses panel data from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) and Study of Assets and Health Dynamics Among the Oldest Old (AHEAD), English Longitudinal Study of Aging (ELSA) and the Survey of Health, Assets and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) and National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY). She received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2000.

Associated Research Projects
UM09-19:  Marriage Shocks and Wealth Changes Over the Lifecycle
UM08-14:  Labor Market and Immigration Behavior of Middle-Aged and Elderly Mexicans
UM08-10:  Marital Histories and Economic Well-Being
UM07-18:  A Cross-National Comparison of Self-employment Dynamics at Older Ages
UM02-05:  Saving for Retirement: Wage Growth and Unexpected Events