Silver Scholar Award
The MetLife Foundation Silver Scholar Award honors the important work of economists, demographers, and related researchers whose scholarship increases our understanding of the value of healthy life after 65 and continued medical innovations that help people live longer in good health. Learn more about the ideas behind the award.
Silver Scholars receive a cash prize in recognition of their valuable research and to support the writing of a review or analysis of their work—to be published in a peer-reviewed journal. The Alliance for Aging Research, in partnership with the MetLife Foundation, hosts a public event to announce the publication of this paper. If you would like to receive event details once available, please e-mail Lindsay Clarke at the Alliance.
This is the second year for The MetLife Foundation Silver Scholar Award and the Alliance hopes to continue the program to increase and nurture scholarly pursuit of insights at this important juncture of aging, health care, and economics.
John F. Stambaugh Professor of Political Economy at Harvard Kennedy School, David Wise, PhD, was selected in honor of his innovative work to change the discussion around rising cost of health care associated with the aging of our nation, preventive strategies aimed at keeping aging populations healthier longer, and thought leadership on the positive contributions that health and education early in life make to security in retirement. Read the announcement here.
David A. Wise, PhD
The John F. Stambaugh Professor of Political Economy
John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Area Director Health and Retirement Programs
National Bureau of Economic Research
David's early research I focused on youth employment, the economics of education and college choice, and methodological econometric work. As Area Director Health and Retirement Programs at the National Bureau of Economic Research his research has been directed to issues related to population aging. For many years he has been directing an International Social Security project that brings together researchers from 12 countries—Japan, Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and eight European countries. The project uses differences across countries to evaluate the implications of the provisions of social security programs. His work finds for example, that in many countries the provisions induce early retirement. The results of the project to date have been published in a series of University of Chicago Press volumes on Social Security and Retirement Around the World.
David has written extensively on the determinants of retirement in the United States, in particular the retirement incentives of defined benefit pension plans. He has written widely on the saving effect of personal retirement programs, including the market risk of personal accounts compared to the job-change risk of defined benefit pension plans. This work also emphasizes the future accumulation of pension assets associated with the conversion from retirement saving through defined benefit plans to saving through 401(k) and other personal retirement plans. He has also given considerable attention to the importance of housing wealth as persons age, which tends to be conserved until the advent of a precipitating shock such as death of a spouse or entry into a nursing home.
His most recent work emphasizes the financial circumstances of retirees and considers whether they were prepared for retirement. David has also been directing attention to institutional and policy responses to demographic trends and in particular the potential for longer working lives and ways to facilitate working longer.
Learn about our 2012 recipient Dr. Linda Fried.
Learn about our 2011 recipients Drs Dana Goldman and David Cutler.
The Metlife Foundation Silver Scholar Award grows out of the Alliance’s Silver Book: Chronic Disease and Medical Innovation in an Aging Nation—a resource that highlights the burden of disease and the value of innovation in mitigating that burden. The Silver Book brings together the 1,000s of statistics and data from 100s of reputable reports and studies, all into one easy-to-use resource. Past volumes from The Silver Book series and their data are available on-line at www.silverbook.org.