Economist Sita Nataraj Slavov specializes in public finance issues dealing with retirement and the economics of aging. Her recent work has focused on whether retiree health insurance encourages early retirement, the impact of widowhood on out-of-pocket medical expenses among the elderly and the optimal time to claim Social Security. Before joining AEI, Slavov taught a variety of economic courses at Occidental College: game theory, public finance, behavioral economics and econometrics. She has also served as a senior economist specializing in public finance issues at the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers. Her work at AEI will focus on Social Security and retirement issues.

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  • Associate Professor, 2008-2012; Assistant Professor, 2003-2008; Instructor, 2002, Department of Economics, Occidental College
  • Faculty Research Fellow, 2011-2012, National Bureau of Economic Research
  • Senior Economist, 2007-2008, Council of Economic Advisers, the White House



Ph.D., economics, Stanford University

B.A., economics, College of William and Mary