Joelle Saad-Lessler

Teaching Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies

School: School of Business

Building: Babbio Center

Room: 410

Phone: (201) 216-3345


  • PhD (2003) Columbia University (Economics)
  • MA (1996) Columbia University (Economics)
  • BA (1994) Columbia College (Economics)

Economics of Retirement, Labor Economics,
Economics of Immigration


Stevens Institute of Technology, School of Business, Hoboken, NJ

Associate Dean of Undergraduates August 2019-present

Associate Industry Professor August 2016-Present

The New School, Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis, New York, NY

Research Economist July 2010- July 2016

Long Island University, Brookville, NY

Assistant Professor of Economics September 2001-August 2012

Institutional Service
  • Associate Dean of Undergraduates in SOB Chair
  • Student research advising Member
  • Bachelor of Science in Business (BSB) committee Chair
  • Dean's advisory committee Member
  • SOB Board of Advisors Member
  • Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Chair
  • Student research advising Member
  • Graduate Education Continuity Planning Group Member
  • Undergraduate education continuity group Member
  • BSB Committee Chair
  • Curriculum Committee Chair
  • Mental Health Task Force Member
  • Dean's lecture series Member
  • Curriculum committee Member
Professional Service
  • National Institute on Retirement Security Researcher
Professional Societies
  • AEA – American Economic Association Member
Grants, Contracts, and Funds

“Collectivism all around: informal networks, savings shortfalls, and financial education in the US” with Richman, K. E., The National Endowment for Financial Education, $124,332, 2018

“Determinants of Retirement Savings Accumulations: The Role of Life Events” with Ghilarducci, T., The National Endowment for Financial Education, $120,000, 2015

“Falling Through the Cracks: The Crisis of Jobs and Healthcare for Unemployed Americans Aged 55-64” with Ghilarducci, T., The UpJohn Institute, $10,000, 2012

“The Crisis of Jobs and Healthcare for Unemployed Americans Aged 55-64”, with Ghilarducci, T., the Borchard Foundation Center for Law and Aging, $20,000, 2011

Selected Publications
Journal Article
  1. Saad-Lessler, J. (2020). How does paid family leave affect unpaid care providers?. Journal of the Economics of Ageing (vol. 17). Elsevier.
  2. Saad-Lessler, J.; Ghilarducci, T.; Reznik, G. L. (2018). Retirement savings inequality: Different effects of earnings shocks, Portfolio selections, and employer contributions by worker earnings level. Social Security Bulletin (3 ed., vol. 78, pp. 1-17).
  3. Ghilarducci, T.; Saad-Lessler, J. (2015). Explaining the decline in the offer rate of employer retirement plans between 2003 and 2012. Industrial and Labor Relations Review (4 ed., vol. 68, pp. 807-832).
  4. Saad-Lessler, J.; Richman, K. (2014). The impact of collectivism on savings behavior: a case study of Mexican-Americans and non-Mexican Latinos. Review of Economics of the Household (3 ed., vol. 12, pp. 493-515).
Review, Journal
  1. Ghilarducci, T.; Saad-Lessler, J.; Reznik, G. (2018). Earnings volatility and 401(k) contributions. Journal of Pension Economics and Finance (4 ed., vol. 17, pp. 554-575).
Technical Report
  1. Bond, T.; Saad-Lessler, J.; Weller, C. (2020). Still Shortchanged: An Update Regarding Women’s Retirement Preparedness. Brooklyn: National Institute on Retirement Security.
  2. Oakley, D.; Saad-Lessler, J.; Brown, J. E. (2018). Retirement in America: Out of Reach for Working Americans?. Report published by National Institute on Retirement Security, Washington, D.C.. Washington, D.C.: National Institute on Retirement Security.