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Summer newsletter announces three new papers

Read the latest MRDRC newsletter.

The annual RDRC meeting goes virtual

Researchers from SSA’s four Retirement and Disability Research Centers will present their latest work in a virtual format this year. The free event will take place on Thursday, August 6. As in the past, registration is required, but the boxed lunch is up to you this time. The agenda is available here. The Twitter hashtag is #2020RDRC.

MRDRC will miss seeing everyone in person, but we look forward to sharing our investigators’ great work and learning about that of our sister centers.

Understanding America Survey has Covid-19 data

USC Dornsife’s Understanding America Survey has been collecting responses on household experiences and reactions to the pandemic since March 10, 2020. Current survey topics include: symptoms, testing, health and healthcare; coronavirus knowledge and expectations; protective social and health behaviors; coronavirus risk perceptions; mental health and substance abuse; discrimination and stigma; economic and food insecurity; social safety net; housing and debt; crime and safety; labor market outcomes; educational effects on children and the effect school closures on families. More details here:

Financial Security Research Symposium webcast available

Co-hosted by the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Social Security Administration, this event featured four panels of academic, nonprofit, and governmental experts addressing issues surrounding financial preparedness and retirement security.

If you missed the symposium, the webcast is now available. The schedule is also available.

Link for Panel 1 slides: Assessing Financial Preparedness & Retirement Security

Link for Panel 2 slides: Understanding Social Security

Link for Panel 3 slides: Other Sources of Financial Security

Link for Panel 4 slides: Future Directions for Research

Link for keynote slides: William E. Spriggs

Link for the symposium summary