Melissa M. Favreault
The Urban Institute
Melissa Favreault is a senior fellow at the Urban Institute. Dr. Favreault’s main areas of specialization include aging and the life course, social policy, and inequality. For over a decade, she has worked primarily on the development and evaluation of a number of large-scale microsimulation models designed to facilitate distributional analysis of reforms to the Social Security program. These models include Steven Caldwell’s Cornell Simulation Model (CORSIM), the Social Security Administration’s Model of Income in the Near Term (MINT) and Polisim, and an updated version of the Urban Institute’s Dynamic Simulation of Income Model (DYNASIM). Aspects of these models on which she has worked most extensively include labor supply near retirement, program take-up (both for Social Security and Supplemental Security Income), and demographic events (schooling, living arrangements, childbearing, disability, and death). The substantive focus of much of Dr. Favreault’s recent research has been on the ways in which socioeconomic differentials in life events affect Social Security’s progressivity and ways that Social Security proposals affect women and low-income workers.
Dr. Favreault earned her B.A. from Amherst College in political science and Russian, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from Cornell University.