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 of the Wharton School comments in an CNBC article on the need for improvement in women’s financial literacy. Read more here.

  • Olivia Mitchell of the Wharton School is cited in a Forbes article for co-authoring a study, “Putting the Pension Back in 401(k) Plans.” Read her study and article for more information.

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”