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Ronald Lee

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Ronald Lee

Professor, Economics and Demography, and Director, Center on the Economics and Demography of Aging
University of California, Berkeley
Social Security
U.S. Census data


Dr. Lee is director of UC Berkeley's Center on the Economics and Demography of Aging, one of 11 centers established by the National Institute on Aging that form part of the national infrastructure for developing the emerging field of the demography of aging. Dr. Lee is the author of numerous articles, papers and publications. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Economic Association, the Population Association of America, the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population, the European Society for Population Economies, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has also served as a consultant to the Social Security Administration and was a member of the advisory committee on population statistics for the U.S. Bureau of the Census. Lee has testified before the Senate budget committee and was an advisor to the Social Security Administration for his work on forecasting aging. After his work suggested that Social Security forecasts of future life expectancy were too low, Social Security actuaries raised their projections and now differ little from his projections. A native of New York, Lee earned his B.A. in philosophy at Reed College in 1963, his M.A. in demography at UC Berkeley in 1967, and his Ph.D. in economics at Harvard University in 1971.

2232 Piedmont
Berkeley  California  94720
United States
Office Phone: 
(510) 642-4535
Office Fax: 
(510) 643-8558


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