A.B., Harvard College; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Courtney C. CoileProfessor of Economics; Director, Knapp Social Science Center
Researcher in the economics of aging, particularly retirement and disability policy.
My scholarly work is in the economics of aging, particularly retirement and disability policy. In the past, I have explored the impact of recessions and stock market fluctuations on retirement and retiree well-being and the effect of Social Security on retirement decisions. Some of my recent work examines whether older individuals are healthy enough to work longer and the effect of disability benefits on veterans’ employment. My work has been published in many academic journals, in the co-authored book Reconsidering Retirement: How Losses and Layoffs Affect Older Workers, and in the Social Security and Retirement Around the World series.
I am engaged in my profession in a number of ways, including as a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, as an editor of The Journal of Pension Economics and Finance, and recently as a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on the Long-Run Macroeconomic Effects of the Aging U.S. Population.
At Wellesley, I direct the Knapp Social Science Center, which supports student and faculty research in the social sciences and promotes the exploration of issues such as health, development, and the environment from an interdisciplinary perspective. I also teach courses in principles of microeconomics, econometrics, health economics, and public economics. The first two courses teach students to think like an economist and conduct research, while in the other courses we use these tools to explore the health and government sectors from an economic perspective.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two children, who share my
love of baseball, music, food, and (sometimes) hiking.