- Wharton SchoolProfessor and Chair, Dept Insurance and Risk Management, present
Dr. Olivia S. Mitchell is the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans Professor at the Wharton School, Professor of Insurance and Risk Management and Business/Public Policy; Executive Director of the Pension Research Council; and Director of Boettner Center on Pensions and Retirement Research; all at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Concurrently Dr. Mitchell serves on the Wells Fargo Advantage Fund Trusts Board of Directors; she is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research; and she is a Co-Investigator for the Health and Retirement Study at the University of Michigan and Associate Director of the Financial Literacy Center, a RAND/Wharton/Dartmouth Consortium. Dr. Mitchell's main areas of research and teaching are international private and public insurance, risk management, public finance, and compensation and pensions. Her extensive publications (over 20 books and 150 articles) analyze pensions, wealth and health, and retirement security. Dr. Mitchell received the MA and PhD degrees in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the BA in Economics from Harvard University. Dr. Mitchell received the Fidelity Pyramid Prize for research study which improves lifelong financial well-being, and the Carolyn Shaw Bell Award of the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession.
She was honored with the Premio Internazionale Dell'Istituto Nazionale Delle Assicurazioni (INA) from the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei in Rome. Her study on Social Security reform received the Paul Samuelson Award for “Outstanding Writing on Lifelong Financial Security” from TIAA-CREF. Mitchell has held visiting faculty positions at Cornell University, Harvard University, the Goethe University of Frankfurt, and the University of New South Wales; she also served on President Bush’s Commission to Strengthen Social Security (www.csss.gov), and she was a Public Member of the US Department of Labor’s ERISA Advisory Council. Previously she served on the Board of Directors of Alexander and Alexander Services, Inc., the National Academy of Social Insurance Board, the Board of the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession, and the GAO Advisory Board. She also co-chaired the Technical Panel on Trends in Retirement Income and Saving for the Social Security Advisory Council. She has spoken for many public and private groups including the World Economic Forum; the International Monetary Fund; the Investment Company Institute; the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans; the White House Conference on Social Security; the Q Group; and the President’s Economic Forum; and she has provided testimony to committees of the US Congress, the UK Parliament, the Australian Parliament, and the Brazilian Senate. Previously she served on the Advisory Committee for the Central Provident Fund of Singapore. She regularly mentors Wharton doctoral and MBA students, and she speaks Spanish and Portuguese, having lived and worked in Latin America, Europe, and Australasia. For more information please see http://www.wharton.upenn.edu/faculty/mitchelo.html
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