Olivia S. Mitchell


  • Americans are more likely than ever before to enter retirement carrying debt, which leaves them vulnerable to rising interest rates. Olivia Mitchell emphasizes the importance of the housing market and easier mortgage products as factors in driving this debt increase in older households. Read the column and her study here

  • Olivia Mitchell is quoted in a Bloomberg article about social security, cash, and retirement.

  • Olivia Mitchell is cited in a MarketWatch.com article about changing the retirement age.

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 Mitchell Welcome Remarks
  • Olivia Mitchell on “Economic Security for the Older Adult”