We’re excited to announce the appointment of eight leading behavioral economists and researchers to our Academic Advisory Board today! The newly appointed members consist of leaders in personal finance, behavioral psychology, behavioral economics and simulation modeling. We’re absolutely thrilled to be working with such an accomplished group and are looking forward to partnering to identify additional strategies to boost our members’ savings contributions, while advancing research in the field of behavioral economics and consumer finance for the academic community.
Learn more about our AAB members below. Full details of today’s announcement available here.
Rich Colbaugh, Ph.D – SANDIA National Labs
Rich Colbaugh, Ph.D (SANDIA National Labs) presently holds a joint appointment with the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, where he is Chief Scientist of ICASA and a Professor in both the Mechanical Engineering and Management Departments, and Sandia National Laboratories, where he is a member of the Analytics and Cryptography Department.
Michael Collins, Ph.D – University of Wisconsin, Madison
Michael Collins is faculty director of the Center for Financial Security at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is a faculty affiliate of the Wisconsin Cooperative Extension, the Institute for Research on Poverty, and the La Follette School of Public Affairs. Full bio >>
Jason J. Fichtner, Ph.D – George Mason University
Jason J. Fichtner is Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center, a university-based research center at George Mason University. Previously, he served in several positions at the Social Security Administration (SSA) including Deputy Commissioner of Social Security (Acting), Chief Economist and Associate Commissioner for Retirement Policy. Full bio >>
William G. Gale, Ph.D – Brookings Institution
Bill Gale, the Arjay and Frances Miller Chair in Federal Economic Policy in the Economic Studies Program at the Brookings Institution, is an expert on tax policy, fiscal issues, pensions, and saving behavior. He is also co-director of the Tax Policy Center, a joint venture of the Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute, and director of the Retirement Security Project. Full bio >>
Aileen Heinberg, Ph.D – RAND
Aileen Heinberg is an Associate Behavioral Scientist at RAND, whose research covers the influence of emotion on decisions and financial decision-making under conditions of uncertainty. Full bio >>
Annamaria Lusardi, Ph.D – Dartmouth College
Annamaria Lusardi is the Director of the Financial Literacy Center, a joint Center of Rand, Dartmouth College, and the Wharton School created with the support of the Social Security Administration. She has taught at Dartmouth College, Princeton University, the University of Chicago Public Policy School, the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and Columbia Business School. Full bio >>
Joanne Yoong, Ph.D – RAND
Joanne Yoong is an economist at RAND. She received her Ph.D. in economics at Stanford University as an FSI Starr Foundation Fellow, and her AB in economics and applied and computational mathematics from Princeton. Full bio >>
Jonathan Zinman, Ph.D – Dartmouth College
Jonathan Zinman is a tenured Associate Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College. His research focuses on inter-temporal choice and household finance; he was recently appointed as a member of the Consumer Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Board. Full bio >>