Gopi Shah Goda


Gopi Shah Goda

Senior Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR)
Stanford University

Gopi Shah Goda is a senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) at Stanford University. Gopi served as a senior economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisers from July 2021 to July 2022.  She is also a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, and served as SIEPR's Deputy Director from September 2016 to July 2021.

Gopi’s research focuses on the well-being of individuals as they age, the sustainability of public programs serving elderly and vulnerable populations, and the broader implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on health and labor supply.  Her recent research studies examine the effects of long-term care insurance on family members’ work and location decisions, and how COVID-19 illness affects U.S. workers.

Prior to joining SIEPR, Gopi was a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research at Harvard University. She earned her PhD in economics from Stanford University in 2007 and her B.S. in mathematics and actuarial science from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in 2000.

Professional Achievements

  • Faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and fellow of the Society of Actuaries.
  • Received support for her research from the Social Security Administration, the National Institutes on Aging, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the TIAA Institute.
  • Her work has appeared in a variety of leading economics journals.


November 2022
When to retire and when to start claiming Social Security are complicated and very personal decisions.
December 2015
As employer-sponsored savings vehicles, like 401(k)s, become a major source of retirement income for millions of Americans, personal biases can have an outsized impact on retirement security.
June 2017
To preserve retirement wealth, IRAs and employer-sponsored defined contribution plans typically impose a penalty on early withdrawals. How might individuals respond if the penalty were lifted?