Emma Aguila Vega, PhD

Title(s)Associate Professor
SchoolUSC Sol Price School of Public Policy
AddressRGL 226 MC 0626
University Park Campus
Los Angeles CA 90089-0626
Phone+1 213 821 0702
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    Emma Aguila is an Assistant Professor at the USC Sol Price School of Public of Policy. She was previously a Senior Economist and Director of the RAND Center for Latin American Social Policy (CLASP). Dr. Aguila earned her Bachelor’s Degree at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de Mexico in Mexico City. She completed her master’s and Ph.D. in Economics at University College London in the United Kingdom. Her research interests include pension reform, saving for retirement, and social security coverage and labor dynamics of immigrants.
    Dr. Aguila has received several awards for her work on pension reform in Mexico. Her study on the effects of pension reform (pay-as-you-go versus fully-funded systems) on private savings and consumption received the first prize in pensions in 2005 from CONSAR, Mexico. In 2007, Dr. Aguila’s study on social security systems, pension provision, and retirement behavior in Mexico received the Inter-American Award for Research in Social Security. In 2008, she received the RAND Gold Merit Award for her contributions to social policy in Latin America.
    Dr. Aguila has published two books examining aspects of income security in retirement, social security, health, and migration: (1) United States and Mexico: Ties That Bind, Issues That Divide and (2) Living Longer in Mexico: Income Security and Health. She has also authored several articles in top-ranking scientific journals.
    Dr. Aguila has significant experience designing and implementing field experiments and longitudinal surveys. She is currently leading a randomized control trial analyzing the impact of a non-contributory pension program in the State of Yucatan, Mexico. She is advisor of the Mexican Health and Aging Study (MHAS) survey in Mexico and the Social Protection Survey (EPS) in Latin America.
    Dr. Aguila’s 12 years of professional experience has informed her research agenda. She has worked as a researcher for the chief economist team at the Department of Work and Pensions in the United Kingdom, as a consultant in projects for the World Bank, and on the research staff of the Mexican Ministry of Finance, the Mexican Ministry of Energy and the Mexican National Population Council.

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    1. Living Arrangements and Supplemental Income Programs for Older Adults in Mexico. Demography. 2020 08; 57(4):1345-1368. Aguila E, Park JH, Vega A. PMID: 32430890.
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    2. Supplemental income program design: A cluster-randomized controlled trial to examine the health and wellbeing effects on older adults by gender, duration, and payment frequency. Soc Sci Med. 2020 08; 259:113139. Aguila E, Smith JP. PMID: 32623230; PMCID: PMC7394009.
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    3. Do Income Supplemental Programs for Older Adults' Help Reduce Primary Caregiver Burden? Evidence from Mexico. J Cross Cult Gerontol. 2019 Dec; 34(4):385-402. Aguila E, López-Ortega M, Angst S. PMID: 31165322; PMCID: PMC6858514.
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    4. Sociodemographic characteristics associated with alcohol use among low-income Mexican older adults. Subst Abuse Treat Prev Policy. 2016 04 29; 11(1):16. Aguila E, Guerrero EG, Vega WA. PMID: 27129926; PMCID: PMC4850697.
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    5. Effects of income supplementation on health of the poor elderly: the case of Mexico. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2015 Jan 06; 112(1):70-5. Aguila E, Kapteyn A, Smith JP. PMID: 25535388; PMCID: PMC4291674.
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