Drew Anderson

Drew AndersonRAND Corporation

I study applied microeconomics, focusing on how public policies affect consumer decisions about education, savings, and health. Currently I work with CFS on a U.S. Treasury-funded project entitled, “Borrow$mart: A Field Study of the Effects of an Online Financial Capability Tool on the Schooling and Financing Decisions of Proprietary-Sector College Students” as well as a project examining the impact of the EMPOWER program to encourage more retirement savings among women employed by the state of Wisconsin.

I attended Augustana University in South Dakota, earning a BA in mathematics and economics. Prior to coming to Wisconsin, I worked as a software engineer. I earned my PhD in economics at UW in 2015.


J. Michael Collins, Erik Hembre, Carly Urban, and Drew Anderson Recipients of 2016 Sandell Grant Program

Homepage_pigThe Center for Retirement Research sponsors the annual Steven H. Sandell Grant Program for scholars in the field of retirement research and policy. The program is funded by the U.S. Social Security Administration to provide opportunities for junior scholars from all academic disciplines to pursue cutting-edge projects on retirement income issues.
This year J. Michael Collins, Carly Urban and Erik Hembre were awarded the Sandell Grant for their research around the role of mortgages in retirement.

Drew Anderson was awarded the Sandell Grant for his work in the area of women’s retirement savings and the influence of increasing knowledge and attention to retirement planning on their account balances.

Drew Anderson Featured as Student Loan Debt Expert on WalletHub

Drew Anderson, Postdoctoral Researcher for CFS, shares expert advice on WalletHub surrounding college tuition and student loan debt issues by answering the following questions:

What are the most common mistakes people make when financing their post-secondary education?
What should people consider when applying for student loans?
What steps should someone take if they find they cannot afford their student-loan payments?
What impact, if any, does the large and growing amount of outstanding student-loan debt have on the economy as a whole?

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