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Sara E. Rix, Ph.D.

Senior Strategic Policy Advisor, PPI Economics Team

Dr. Sara E. Rix, a senior strategic policy advisor with the AARP Public Policy Institute Economics Team, has written and spoken on older workers, an aging society and aging issues for over 30 years.  She has been involved in numerous national and international activities dealing with the problems of, and prospects for, an aging world, including serving for many years as an international tutor for the Economic and Financial Aspects of Aging training program of the UN's International Institute on Ageing in Malta.

She has also served as a member of the International Social Security Association's (ISSA) Advisory Board on Policy and Research in Social Security, the Scientific Committee for ISSA's 2007 and 2010 Research Conferences on Social Security, the Review Panel of Outside Scholars and Practitioners of the University of Michigan's Retirement Research Center, the Post-Retirement Needs and Risks Committee of the Society of Actuaries, and the advisory group of Tapping Mature Talent: Aging Work Initiative of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning and the Council on Competitiveness. She is a fellow of the National Academy of Social Insurance, the Gerontological Society of America, and the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). 

Areas of expertise

Labor force and demographic trends, employment and retirement policy, older worker employment issues. 

Selected publications

"Employment and Aging" in Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences, edited by Robert H. Binstock and Linda K. George (Elsevier, 2011).

"Employment at Older Ages" in International Handbook of Population Aging, edited by Peter Uhlenberg (Springer, 2009)

"Boomers Sail into Retirement — or Do They?" Public Policy and Aging Report (National Academy on an Aging Society, 2011)

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