Kevin Cahill

Kevin E. Cahill, PhD

Partner, ECONorthwest
Boston College, Department of Economics

Kevin writes on topics related to applied microeconomics, with a focus on the economics of aging and labor market transitions later in life. His current projects examine patterns of labor force withdrawal—including bridge job employment, phased retirement, and re-entry—retirement income, and occupational changes later in life.  

Kevin’s recent research, conducted with his longtime co-authors Joseph F. Quinn (Boston College) and Michael D. Giandrea (US Bureau of Labor Statistics), has focused on the retirement patterns of the Baby Boomers, with comparisons made to prior cohorts of older Americans. One recent paper, for example, examined the retirement patterns of public-sector workers relative to private-sector ones. Kevin, Joe, and Mike are currently working on a paper that examines returns to work following an initial retirement. These projects are based on data from the longitudinal Health and Retirement Study (HRS), a large nationally-representative dataset of older Americans that began in 1992.

In addition, Kevin is currently working with an international team of researchers to explore the impact of post-retirement paid work on inequalities later in life in the United States, Sweden, and Japan. Retirement tends to occur later in life in all three countries, and all three countries have high rates of employment for older workers, despite contrasting employment policies. The goal of the research is to leverage these similarities and differences to develop more effective and equitable policies that encourage labor force participation at older ages. This research will be conducted with harmonized data from the HRS, the Swedish Longitudinal Occupational Survey of Health (SLOSH), and the Japanese Study of Ageing and Retirement (JSTAR).

These research efforts are an extension of Kevin’s work on retirement patterns over the past 20 years. Kevin presents his research regularly at academic conferences, serves as a reviewer and editorial board member for academic journals, and is an active member of the Gerontological Society of America, among other professional organizations. He earned his B.A. in mathematics from Rutgers College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from Boston College.