Olivia S. Mitchell


  • PSC's Olivia S. Mitchell discusses her research on the role of annuities in retirement planning in an episode of the Knowledge@Wharton podcast.

  • In a Penn Today article and on Knowledge@WhartonOlivia S. Mitchell discusses the Treasury Department’s decision to allow private companies to pay retirees lump-sum pension payments. The move may benefit companies, but Mitchell believes the federal government should assess the long-term implications. “If we look at the retirement picture, we have to understand the incentives we are putting in people’s way—or the disincentives to save,” she explains.

  • On Knowledge@WhartonOlivia S. Mitchell discusses an American Economic Association survey that reveals high levels of gender and racial bias in the field of economics. “It’s very depressing, actually,” says Mitchell. “I’ve been teaching for 40 years now, and, sure, 40 years ago there were very few women in the profession. You stood out. You were sometimes made to feel uncomfortable or awkward. But I had hoped that today things would be much better.” Penn Today.

Executive Director, Pension Research Council
Director, Boettner Center for Pensions and Retirement Research
International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans Professor
Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy
Professor of Insurance and Risk Management

Ph.D., Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1978


  • Knowledge@Wharton Podcast: Olivia S. Mitchell on Baby Boomer Pensions
  • 2016 Retirement Security Symposium: Olivia S. Mitchell Welcome Remarks
  • Olivia S. Mitchell on “Economic Security for the Older Adult”