Robert Clark

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Robert Clark

Stephen Zelnak Professor of Management, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship and Professor of Economics, Poole College of Management
North Carolina State University

Robert Clark is Professor of Economics and Professor of Management, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship, Poole College of Management, North Carolina State University.  He also is a member of the Pension Research Council at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a member of the National Bureau of Economics Research, and a Fellow of the Employee Benefit Research Institute. 

Clark’s research has examined retirement decisions, the choice between defined benefit and defined contribution plans, and the impact of pension conversions from defined benefit plans to defined contribution and cash balance plans. He has also examined government regulation of pensions, and the role of supplementary retirement saving plans in the public sector. In other research, he has examined the economic responses to population aging and how the aging of the workforce is affecting employer compensation policies. He earned his B.A. at Millsaps College and Ph.D. at Duke University, both in economics.

Professional Achievements

  • Research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and has organized four NBER conferences on state and local pension and retiree health plans.
  • Senior Fellow, Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, Duke University.
  • Has written over 100 publications, including articles in the Journal of Pension Economics and Finance, Journal of Retirement, and Journal of Health Economics.


May 2020
The expected cost of health care in retirement is a major concern of older workers.
May 2017
Compared to the private sector, the retirement-saving landscape in the public sector is much more complex, as exemplified by North Carolina’s public school districts.
August 2015
Does the expectation of employer-provided health insurance in retirement encourage faculty members to retire earlier and save less than faculty who do not expect to receive this benefit?