Teresa Ghilarducci is the Director of the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis (SCEPA) at The New School. She joined The New School after 25 years as a professor of economics at the University of Notre Dame. She has written and lectured extensively on pension issues, including the award-winning book Labor's Capital: The Economics and Politics of Employer Pensions. Dr. Ghilarducci’s most recent books include, When I'm 64: The Plot Against Pensions and the Plan to Save Them and Rescuing Retirement with Tony James. She frequently publishes in refereed journals and testifies before the U.S. Congress. Dr. Ghilarducci was the 2006–‘08 Wurf Fellow at Harvard Law School and her research has been funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, U.S. Department of Labor, Ford Foundation, and Retirement Research Foundation. She serves as a public trustee for the Health Care VEBAs for UAW Retirees of General Motors and for the USW retirees for Goodyear. She served on the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation's Advisory Board from 1996 to 2001 and on the Board of Trustees of the State of Indiana Public Employees' Retirement Fund from 1996 to 2002. Her recent book manuscript is under review and is partially summarized in her 2021 essay in Politics & Society, “Making Old People Work: Three False Assumptions Supporting the “Working Longer Consensus.”
Siavash Radpour earned his PhD in economics from the New School for Social Research in 2020. His research focuses on the effects of the retirement system and aging on wealth and income inequality, wellbeing, and economic growth and redistribution. Previously, he worked as a Research Associate for the Retirement Equity Lab. He received his MA in economics and business from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and Corvinus University of Budapest.
Bridget Fisher is a researcher and communications specialist with a background in government and public affairs. Before joining SCEPA, she was a senior press officer in The New School’s communications department working with social science departments across the university. She came to higher education from government. In New York, she served as chief of staff for a member of the New York City Council and director of communications for the Working Families Party. On Capitol Hill, she served as press secretary and legislative assistant for a member of the U.S. Congress. Bridget graduated from American University in Washington, D.C., with a bachelor's degree in public communication and women’s studies. She received her master's degree in public administration with a focus on urban economic development from CUNY's Baruch College.
Tony Webb is a widely recognized expert in retirement planning and policy. Prior to joining SCEPA, Dr. Webb was a senior research economist at Boston College’s Center for Retirement Research, and a senior research analyst at the International Longevity Center. He completed his PhD in economics from the University of California, San Diego. His research interests include the impact of pension type on the retirement age, the financing of long-term care, and the management of the process of asset decumulation.