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Arie Kapteyn

Executive Director, USC Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research

Arie Kapteyn, Ph.D. is a Professor of Economics and the Executive Director of the Dornsife College of Letters Arts and Sciences Center for Economic and Social Research (CESR) at the University of Southern California. He is a fellow of the Econometric Society, past President of the European Society for Population Economics, and Corresponding Member of the Netherlands Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences. Before founding CESR at USC, Prof. Kapteyn was a Senior Economist and Director of the Labor & Population division of the RAND Corporation. Prior to RAND he held a chair in econometrics at Tilburg University, where he served the university in numerous capacities including dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, founder and director of CentER (a research institute and graduate school) and of CentERdata, a survey research institute. He has held visiting positions at several universities, including Princeton University, California Institute of Technology, Australian National University, University of Canterbury - New Zealand, and University of Bristol - UK. In 2006 he received a knighthood in the order of the Netherlands Lion.

Prof. Kapteyn’s research expertise covers microeconomics, public finance, and econometrics. Much of his recent applied work is in the field of aging and economic decision making, with papers on topics related to retirement, consumption and savings, pensions and Social Security, disability, economic well-being of the elderly, and portfolio choice. At CESR he leads several projects, including one that incorporates internet interviewing into the National Institute on Aging funded Health and Retirement Study (HRS), a program on the analysis of health and economic determinants of retirement in the U.S. and Western Europe, and a center on the analysis of economic decision making related to retirement and saving and investing for retirement. He is also the director of the American Life Panel, a nationally representative sample of 6000 households who are regularly interviewed over the internet.

Dr. Kapteyn received an M.A. in econometrics from Erasmus University Rotterdam, an MA in agricultural economics from Wageningen University, and a Ph.D. from Leiden University, all in the Netherlands.


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