Robert Willis

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Robert Willis

Professor of Economics

Survey Research Center
3048 ISR

Office Location(s): 3038 ISR
Phone: 734.936.7261
Fax: 734.764.2769

  • Affiliation(s)
    • Research Professor, Population Studies Center
    • Research Professor, Survey Research Center
  • Fields of Study
    • Labor Economics
      Economic Demography
      Economics af Aging
  • About

    Robert J. Willis, Professor of Economics, received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 1971. He joined the University of Michigan in 1995 and holds joint appointments with the Survey Research Center and the Population Studies Center at the Institute for Social Research. Before coming to Michigan, Professor Willis held appointments at the University of Chicago, SUNY at Stony Brook, and Stanford University. Professor Willis is Director of the Health and Retirement Study, a large-scale nationally representative longitudinal survey of Americans over the age of 50. His research interests include labor economics, economic demography, economic development and the economics of aging. He has done research relating to economic behavior over the entire lifecycle including theoretical and empirical research on fertility; marriage, divorce and out-of-wedlock childbearing, education and earnings, intergenerational transfers and determinants of poverty among elderly widows. Recently, he has begun a new area of research dealing with the relationship between probabilistic thinking and savings and wealth accumulation and other aspects of cognition.

  • Education
    • PhD, University of Washington, 1971