USC Price School of Public Policy

Julie M. Zissimopoulos

Associate Professor
Vice Dean for Academic Affairs
Associate Director, USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics

Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D. in Economics

University of California, Los Angeles


Economics of aging, economics of the family, labor economics, health economics

Biographical sketch

Julie M. Zissimopoulos is the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor in the Sol Price School of Public Policy. She serves as the Associate Director of the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, one of the nation’s premier health policy research institutions. She co-directs the National Institute on Aging funded Resource Center for Minority Aging Research and is a network associate of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on an Aging Society. She was previously an associate professor of research at the University of Southern California and prior to that, a senior economist at the RAND Corporation. She specializes in the economics of aging. Topics of special interest are cost of Alzheimer’s disease, savings and wealth, labor force behavior, financial and non-financial support between generations of family members and medical expenditures at older ages. Dr. Zissimopoulos’ research sponsors have included the National Institute on Aging and the Social Security Administration. She is a frequent speaker on the economics of aging and her work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, on California Public Radio, PBS Newshour, and other media. Dr. Zissimopoulos received her B.A. summa cum laude from Boston College and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.