Pamela Perun

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Pamela Perun

Independent Consultant and Senior Fellow
Women's Institute for a Secure Retirement

As a lawyer and psychologist, Pamela Perun uses her expertise to consult on retirement income policy issues. She is a Senior Fellow at the Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement and a frequent collaborator with researchers at the Urban Institute. In addition, she has authored numerous papers on lifetime income options in 401(k) plans, the demise of defined benefit plans, child accounts, reform of the private pension system, lifespan savings systems and Social Security.

Perun practiced employee benefits law in Boston and Washington, D.C. for many years. She received a B.A. from Wellesley College, a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in Human Development from the University of Chicago.

Professional Achievements

  • Fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel.
  • Held research appointments at Duke University, Wellesley College and Harvard University Medical School.
  • Member of the Massachusetts, District of Columbia and California Bar Associations.


April 2014
In 2012, the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences issued a comprehensive report documenting the aging of the U.S. population and analyzing the economic effects this phenomenon may trigger over the next 40 years.