Academic Researchers

Conducting and sponsoring rigorous academic research since 1998

With a team of economists and program staff, Fellows and strategic partners, the Institute conducts research and organizes convenings on critical issues related to financial security, higher education and endowments and foundations.

Academic Researchers

Initiatives to advance the academic community

The Institute provides an environment in which academic researchers can exchange ideas and expand their reach to affect public policy. Leaders use the knowledge provided by the Institute to make better-informed decisions.

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Institute Fellows are nationally recognized thought leaders and prominent scholars, experienced in matters of importance to TIAA and those we serve. These experts extend our knowledge, skills and reach, and advance our thought leadership. Fellows have conducted more than 100 Institute-sponsored research studies.

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The TIAA Institute supports original research and thought leadership through its grants program. Leading scholars are encouraged to submit innovative research ideas on financial security, higher education and endowments and foundations. The TIAA Institute, with the Pension Research Council at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, funds high-quality, cutting-edge research on retirement policy and practice.

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The Institute’s signature award programs are designed to advance knowledge and recognize leadership excellence. The TIAA Paul A. Samuelson Award For Outstanding Scholarly Writing On Lifelong Financial Security recognizes an outstanding research publication that helps advance Americans’ lifelong financial well-being. The TIAA Institute Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence in Higher Education recognizes a current higher education leader for commitment to higher education, leadership and contributions to the greater good.

Latest Research Reports

June 2022

Differences in wealth and income by race and ethnicity are well established. How do these differences affect retirement income security?

June 2022

How financial literacy varies among U.S. adults

June 2022

When it comes to retirement, women and men are not on equal footing. Women have just 70% of the overall retirement income men have as a result of a number of factors, including the gender pay gap and less access than men have to employer-sponsored retirement plans.

June 2022

When it comes to retirement, women and men are not on equal footing. Women have just 70% of the overall retirement income men have as a result of a number of factors, including the gender pay gap and less access than men have to employer-sponsored retirement plans.

June 2022

Fifty years after the passage of Title IX, is there still a gender gap in retirement readiness?