Joelle Saad-Lessler (jsaadles)

Joelle Saad-Lessler

Teaching Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies

School of Business


  • 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

  • BSB Committee Chair
  • Curriculum Committee Chair
  • Scholarship committee Chair
  • Dean's advisory committee Member
  • SOB Board of Advisors Member
  • Associate Dean of Undergraduates in SOB Chair
  • First Year Experience Committee Member
  • Living and Learning Communities Member
  • Stevens Core Committee Member
  • Strategic Planning Committee Member
  • University Registrar Search Committee Member
  • Alumni engagement Strategic Planning Committee Member
  • Joint Committee on Improving the Evaluation of Teaching Member
  • DEI certificate program Member
  • First Year Read Dialogue Program Member
  • Course Coordination initiative Chair
  • Search committee for Vice Provost for Research and Innovation Member
  • Joint Faculty Senate - Administrators - Student Committee on Teaching Evaluations Member
  • Search committee for Dean of Undergraduate Academics Member
  • Search committee for Vice President for Enrollment Management Member
  • Search committee for TT in Economics faculty position Member
  • Search Committee for NTT Economics Faculty Chair
  • Student research advising Member
  • Search committee for communications manager Member
  • Search committee for manager of academic operations Member
  • Student research advising Member
  • Graduate Education Continuity Planning Group Member
  • Undergraduate education continuity group Member
  • 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. N.; 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. N. (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. N.; 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).

Magazine/Trade Publication

  1. Richman, K.; Saad-Lessler, J. (2021). Retirement Savings and Resilience: A Comparison of Latinos’ and Whites’ Responses to Retirement Insecurity. Schaumburg, Illinois: Society of Actuaries Research Institute.

Review, Journal

  1. Ghilarducci, T.; Saad-Lessler, J. N.; 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.