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Robert J. Willis

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Survey Research Center
P.O. Box 1248
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1248
Phone: 734.936.0314
Fax: 734.647.1186


Ph.D., University of Washington, Seattle, WA
M.A., University of Washington, Seattle, WA
B.A., Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

Health and Retirement Study
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Research and Projects

Dr. Willis has made important contributions to research in labor economics and the economics of fertility and the family. He has conducted research on out-of-wedlock childbearing and intergenerational transfers in Asia and the United States.

Selected Recent Publications

Kedzi G, Willis RJ. Who Becomes a Stockholder? Expectations, Subjective Uncertainty, and Asset Allocation (Link to article). Ann Arbor, MI: The University of Michigan [2002]

Langa KM, Vijan S, Hayward RA, Chernew ME, Blaum CS, Kabeto MU, Weir DR, Katz SJ, Willis RJ, Fendrick AM. Informal caregiving for diabetes and diabetic complications among elderly Americans (Link to article). The Journals of Gerontology. Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences 2002 May;57(3): pp. S177-86. [2002]

Weir, DR, Willis, RJ. Widowhood, Divorce and Loss of Health Insurance Among Near-Elderly Women: Evidence from the Health and Retirement Study (Link to article). Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan [2002]

Langa, KM, Vijan, S, Hayward, RA, Chernew, ME, Blaum, CS, Kabeto, MU, Weir, DR, Katz, SJ, Willis, RJ, and Fendrick, AM. Reducing Panel Attrition: A Search for Effective Policy Instruments (Link to abstract). Journal of Human Resources 2001 Summer; 36(3): pp. 416-38. [2001]

Langa KM, Chernew ME, Kabeto MU, Herzog AR, Ofstedal MB, Willis RJ, Wallace RB, Mucha LM, Straus WL, Fendrick AM. National estimates of the quantity and cost of informal caregiving for the elderly with dementia. (Link to article). Journal of General Internal Medicine 2001 Nov;16(11): pp. 770-8. [2001]

Lillard, LA, Willis, RJ. Cognition and Wealth: The Importance of Probabilistic Thinking (Link to article). University of Michigan, May 2001 [2001]

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