Mike and Mary face retirement decisions galore

January 15, 2018

Mary and Mike, known as “M&M” to their friends, turn 62 in 2018 — the earliest age they can retire and claim their Social Security benefits. Mike has worked full-time for 40 years, although he experienced a year of unemployment…

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The Summer 2017 Newsletter is live

October 5, 2017

MRRC’s latest newsletter covers the August Retirement Research Consortium meeting in Washington, D.C., additional reading suggestions for meeting topics, and news of our authors’ MRRC-related activities. Read it online here or download the PDF version here.

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Better data on private pensions helps researchers paint a more detailed picture of retirement

September 12, 2017

One of the United States’ longest-running surveys on aging, the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), recently was able to add pension plan descriptions from public employers’ websites and private employers’ Form 5500 filings. While in the past HRS has had…

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Financial Security Research Symposium webcast available

August 23, 2017

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…

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Spring newsletter focuses on MRRC workshop

August 23, 2017

This newsletter covers the annual MRRC workshop, including some upcoming research on cognition and long-term care insurance, as well as researchers’ publications and media sightings. Newsletter Volume 17, Issue 2, is attached in PDF form and available online here: http://projects.isr.umich.edu/mrrc-archive/Publication/Newsletters/Index

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Another Retirement Research Consortium Meeting is on the books

August 23, 2017

Slides for the most of the 2017 presentations are currently posted. More materials, including videos of the meeting, will be shared soon. Thank you to the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College for organizing this year’s event.

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Of payroll taxes, bunching, and kink points

August 14, 2017

More than 65 percent of United States households pay more in payroll taxes than income taxes in a year. Yet, the vast majority of literature on the labor supply changes induced by taxation is derived from changes in income taxes,…

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Social Security announces seventh National Disability Forum

July 11, 2017

The forum, “Serving Individuals with Disabilities: Best Practices and the Modern Day Workforce,” will be held on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, 1-3 p.m. EDT. There will be two panels: “Best Practices from Other Disability Programs,” focusing on understanding best practices…

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Bar chart tracks household wealth of veterans versus nonveterans by Health and Retirement Study Cohort
Welfare of U.S. vets has declined over time, researchers find

July 3, 2017

As the face of America’s veterans change, policy, too, will adapt. In this 2015 working paper, “Declining Wealth and Work among Male Veterans in the Health and Retirement Study,” by Alan L. Gustman, Thomas L. Steinmeier, and Nahid Tabatabai Data:…

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Health care reform hasn’t changed older workers’ labor supply—yet

June 26, 2017

Researchers have been curious about how the availability of nonemployer-tied medical insurance offered through health care reform would affect retirement. If new options, such as subsidized nongroup policies and expanded Medicaid coverage, led to shorter work lives, it could undermine…

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