Joseph Quinn

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Joseph Quinn

Professor of Economics, Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences
Boston College

Joseph Quinn is a professor of economics at Boston College, where he has taught since 1974 and has served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and as interim provost and dean of the faculties. He has written extensively on the economics of aging, the determinants of individual retirement decisions, recent trends in retirement patterns of older Americans, and Social Security reform. He teaches a course on Public Policy in an Aging Society.

A founding member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, Quinn served on its board of directors and is a past vice president. He earned his B.A. from Amherst College and Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, both in economics.

Professional Achievements

  • Co-chaired the technical panel on trends and issues in retirement savings for President Clinton’s Social Security Advisory Council.
  • Former member of the board of governors of the Foundation for International Studies on Social Security and the editorial board of the Review of Income and Wealth.
  • Serves as a trustee at Amherst College.


June 2011
Americans reaching traditional retirement ages during the past two decades and today face a different retirement environment than did prior cohorts of workers. In response to a very different environment, retirement patterns have changed dramatically since the mid 1980s.