Esteban Calvo

Esteban Calvo

Esteban Calvo

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Epidemiology (in the Columbia Aging Center)


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Esteban Calvo is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and a Professor of Public Policy at the Universidad Diego Portales School of Business and Economics, Chile. Previously, he was an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Universidad Catolica, Chile, and served as a consultant for Harvard University, the United Nations, and the Government of Chile. His research interests include aging and the lifecourse, social epidemiology, public policy, subjective well-being, and quantitative methods. Much of his work aims to identify and understand the social factors experienced across the life course that influence the health and happiness of older adults, as well as to evaluate public policies and interventions that can improve their well-being and benefit society as a whole. His current research agenda includes three threads: (1) assessing the impact of lifecourse statuses, transitions, and trajectories on a variety of health outcomes, from self-reports to physical measures and biomarkers; (2) understanding how individuals react to social contexts and public policies that they experience over the lifecourse; and (3) improving our understanding of the challenges and opportunities posed by demographic change to aging-related policy throughout the world. His recent publications focus on the health effects of retirement, life satisfaction effects of unemployment and pension policy, and cultural and structural determinants of social security and health policy reforms worldwide. Esteban Calvo is the recipient of awards from the American Public Health Association, American Sociological Association, Gerontological Society of America, and Retirement Research Foundation.



MS, 2010, Harvard University
PhD, 2009, Boston College
BS, 2002, Pontificia Universidad Catlica, Chile

Mailman Affiliations

Faculty, Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center

Editorial Boards

Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences
Injury Epidemiology

Other Affiliations

Professor of Public Policy, Universidad Diego Portales, Chile

Honors & Awards

James G. Zimmer New Investigator Research Award, Aging and Public Health Section, American Association of Public Health
Robert Dentler Award for Outstanding Student Achievement, Section on Sociological Practice and Public Sociology, American Sociological Association
Retirement Research Foundation Laurence G. Branch Doctoral Award, Section on Gerontological Health, American Association of Public Health
Gerontological Society of America Student Research Award, Honorable Mention, Social Research, Policy, and Practice Section
Severyn T. Bruyn Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Social Economy and Social Justice

Areas of Expertise

Aging and Elderly, Gerontology, Healthy Aging and Longevity, Data Management, Longitudinal Studies, Multilevel Modeling, Social / Cultural Issues, Social Epidemiology, Social Factors in Health, Global Health, Healthcare Reform, Welfare Programs, Workplace Health, Mental Health, Alcoholism, Smoking (Tobacco)

Select Publications

Calvo, Esteban, Ignacio Madero-Cabib, and Ursula M. Staudinger. 2017. "Retirement Sequences of Older Americans: Moderately De-standardized and Highly Stratified across Gender, Class, and Race." The Gerontologist.
Williamson, John B., Fang Lianquan, and Esteban Calvo. 2017. "Rural Pension Reform in China: A Critical Analysis." Journal of Aging Studies 41:67-74.
Staudinger, Ursula M., Ruth Finkelstein, Esteban Calvo, and Kavita Sivaramakrishnan. 2016. "A Global View on the Effects of Work on Health in Later Life." The Gerontologist 56(S2):281-92. doi:
Calvo, Esteban. 2016. "Does the Chilean Pension Model Influence Life Satisfaction? A Multilevel Longitudinal Analysis." Pp. 415-41 in Handbook of Happiness Research in Latin America, edited by M. Rojas, Springer. ISBN 978-94-017-7202-0.
Feigl, Andrea, Joshua Salomon, Eric Ding, and Esteban Calvo. 2015. "Teenage Smoking Behaviour Following a High-school Smoking Ban in Chile: Interrupted Time Series Analysis." Bulletin of the World Health Organization 93(7):468-75. doi:
Calvo, Esteban, Christine A. Mair, and Natalia Sarkisian. 2015. "Individual Troubles, Shared Troubles: The Multiplicative Effect of Individual and Country-level Unemployment on Life Satisfaction in 95 Nations (1981-2009)." Social Forces 93(4):1625-53. doi:
Calvo, Esteban, Natalia Sarkisian, and Christopher R. Tamborini. 2013. "Causal Effects of Retirement Timing on Subjective Physical and Emotional Health." Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences 68(1):73-84. doi:
Calvo, Esteban, Fabio M. Bertranou, and Evelina Bertranou. 2010. "Are Old-age Pension System Reforms Moving Away from Individual Retirement Accounts in Latin America?" Journal of Social Policy 39(2):223-34.
Calvo, Esteban, Kelly Haverstick, and Steven A. Sass. 2009. "Gradual Retirement, Sense of Control, and Retirees' Happiness." Research on Aging 31(1):112-35.

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