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Courtney C. Coile is the Class of 1966 Associate Professor of Economics at Wellesley College, where she has taught since 2000. 

Coile is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance.  She is an editor of The Journal of Pension Economics and Finance, an academic journal focusing on the economics and finance of pensions and retirement income programs. Coile also edits the NBER's Bulletin on Aging and Health and has served as a consultant to the National Institute on Aging and the Social Security Administration. Her work has been cited in The Economist and The Wall Street Journal as well as on Forbes.com and msnbc.com.  She has appeared on the Newshour with Jim Lehrer on PBS and other media outlets.

Professor Coile earned her Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and her A.B. in Economics from Harvard University.  She was a Visiting Associate Professor at MIT in 2009.

Professor Coile's research centers on issues in the economics of aging, particularly the economic determinants of the retirement decision.  She is the co-author of “Reconsidering Retirement: How Losses and Layoffs Affect Older Workers,” (Brookings Institution Press, 2010), which examines how fluctuations in stock, housing, and labor markets affect workers’ retirement decisions and well-being in retirement.  Some of her earlier work explored how financial incentives from Social Security and private pensions affect retirement decisions and how couples make retirement decisions. 

At Wellesley, Professor Coile teaches courses in introductory microeconomics, econometrics, health economics, and public economics.  She is the Faculty Director of Pendleton East (Social Sciences), a role in which she organizes programming and spearheads strategic planning for the social sciences.  She is a member of the Advisory Committee on Budgetary Affairs and has previously served as the chair of the Agenda Committee and as a member of the College’s Reaccreditation Steering Committee.

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