Paul Yakoboski

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Paul Yakoboski

Senior Economist
TIAA Institute

Paul Yakoboski is a Senior Economist at the TIAA Institute, where he is responsible for research on lifetime financial security, including topics related to defined contribution plan design, individual saving and investment decision making, financial literacy and capability, and asset management during retirement. He also oversees research on workforce issues in the higher education and nonprofit sectors and develops and organizes Institute symposia in these areas. Yakoboski is director of the Institute's Fellows Program and editor of the Trends and Issues publication series.

Before joining the TIAA Institute, Yakoboski held positions as Director of Research for the American Council of Life Insurers, Senior Research Associate with the Employee Benefit Research Institute and Senior Economist with the U.S. Government Accountability Office. He previously served as Director of Research for the American Savings Education Council and was an adjunct instructor at Nazareth College.

Yakoboski is a member of the American Economic Association and the National Academy of Social Insurance. He also serves on the board of the Journal of Retirement, 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. and M.A. in economics from the University of Rochester and his B.S. in economics from Virginia Tech.

Publications

September 2018
Millennials comprise 35% of the U.S. labor force and by 2019 are expected to surpass Baby Boomers as the nation’s largest generation. So their financial capability matters greatly to the U.S. economy.
April 2018
Financial knowledge has been shown to correlate strongly with financial outcomes. So what’s the state of the nation’s financial literacy?
March 2017
How well individuals navigate life’s financial decisions is dependent, at least in part, on their knowledge and understanding of personal finance. The Personal Finance Index offers unique insights concerning Americans’ capacity for sound financial management and decisionmaking.