Paul Yakoboski, Ph.D.


Senior Economist

Paul Yakoboski is a senior economist with the TIAA-CREF Institute. He conducts and manages research on issues related to defined contribution plan design, retirement planning and saving behavior, income and asset management in retirement, managing retirement patterns, and topics relevant to strategic management in the higher education and non-profit sectors. He is responsible for the development and execution of Institute forums on such issues. Yakoboski serves as director of the Institute's Fellows Program and editor of the Institute’s Trends and Issues and Advancing Higher Education publication series.

Prior to joining the TIAA-CREF Institute, Yakoboski held positions as Director of Research for the American Council of Life Insurers (2000 to 2004), Senior Research Associate with the Employee Benefit Research Institute (1991 to 2000) and Senior Economist with the U.S. Government Accountability Office (1989 to 1991). Yakoboski previously served as Director of Research for the American Savings Education Council (1995 to 2000). He was an adjunct faculty member at Nazareth College (Rochester, NY) from 1986 to 1988.

Yakoboski is a member of the American Economic Association, the Gerontological Society of America and the National Academy of Social Insurance. He also serves on the editorial advisory board of Benefits Quarterly, the research committee of the Insured Retirement Institute and the Society of Actuaries’ Committee on Post-Retirement Needs and Risks. Yakoboski earned his Ph.D. (1990) and M.A. (1987) in economics from the University of Rochester (Rochester, NY) and his B.S. (1984) in economics from Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA). 

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