Analysis of Policy Options for Older Workers Experiencing Work-Limitation Onset

Published: 2010
Project ID: UM10-03


This project proposes to use data from the War Baby cohort (born 1942-1947) of the Health and Retirement Study to extend our previous work using the original cohort (born 1931-1941) comparing household income trajectories for workers who experience disability onset between ages 51 and 61 to those of a matched comparison sample. We will investigate the extent of hardship experienced by the households of workers after disability onset, the characteristics of households that experience hardship, and the design and cost of several policy options to alleviate hardship. We will also conduct a policy forum on this topic in Washington, DC.