Reimagining Retirement: Longevity and Its Opportunities: An Interview with Joseph F. Coughlin, PhD

12 Pages Posted: 6 Nov 2019

Date Written: October 1, 2018


As founder and director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) AgeLab, Joseph F. Coughlin, PhD, has spent the better part of the past twenty years researching how demographic change, technology, social trends, and consumer behavior drive innovations in business and government. In that capacity, he advised then-President George W. Bush’s White House Conference on Aging Advisory Committee, as well as nonprofits, governments, and corporations worldwide about how to improve the quality of life of older people and those who care for them. He has served on a variety of advisory boards for Fortune 500 companies and nonprofits worldwide. He was named one of “twelve pioneers inventing the future of retirement” by the Wall Street Journal, and one of the “100 most creative people in business” by Fast Company Magazine. He has authored more than 100 research publications and regularly contributes to Forbes, among other online and print publications. He is a frequent guest on television news programs and media outlets. He is the author of The Longevity Economy: Inside the World’s Fastest-Growing, Most Misunderstood Market, in which he explored what older people actually want, not what conventional wisdom suggests they need.

In September 2018, Coughlin spoke with retirement Management Journal Editor-in-Chief Robert Powell about the ways we understand and misunderstand retirement and what it will take to effectively serve clients approaching and living in retirement.

Keywords: Joseph F. Coughlin, retirement planning

JEL Classification: G10, G11

Suggested Citation

Institute, Investments & Wealth, Reimagining Retirement: Longevity and Its Opportunities: An Interview with Joseph F. Coughlin, PhD (October 1, 2018). Retirement Management Journal, Vol. 7, No. 1, 2018, pp. 6-15, Available at SSRN:

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