UM15-12: The Effect of Health Reform on Retirement

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is projected to reduce labor supply, and these reductions may be concentrated among workers nearing traditional retirement age. As we await data on labor force outcomes for 2014, reflecting the first full year of the…

UM15-13: Medicare Expenditures, Social Security Reform, and the Labor Force Participation of Older Americans

Changes to the Social Security Old Age benefits system introduced in the last decade have likely impacted individuals’ retirement decisions, and therefore their health insurance coverage. If a large proportion of older Americans decide to work in jobs covered by…

UM15-14: Means-testing Social Security: Modelling and Policy Analysis

This proposal seeks to carry forward research into means testing social security structures and age pension programs through macroeconomic modelling and policy analysis. We will use models calibrated to both the Australian and US economies. Australia has a long-established affluence-tested…

UM15-15: Retirement Savings in the US and England: How Important is Housing?

In this paper, the first analysis of its kind, we use comparable data from the US and England to examine similarities and differences in the level and trajectories of income and assets among households aged 70 and over. This allows…

UM15-16: The Comprehensive Wealth of Immigrants and Natives

Immigrants have lower levels of annuitized wealth through Social Security and pensions than the native born, and they tend to hold a greater concentration of wealth in the form of housing. These facts suggest that there may be important differences…

UM15-17: Social Security Contributions and Return Migration Among Older Mexican Immigrants

Previous literature has attempted to understand the effects of immigration on the Social Security system. To date, this research has been primarily limited to migrants in the U.S. and does not consider those who return to their countries of origin.…

UM15-Q1: The Retirement and Claiming of US Military Retirees

Our project will explore how the timing of exits from the labor force and the claiming of Social Security benefits among military retirees differ from the general population including veterans who do not receive military retirement benefits. We ask: do…

UM15-Q2: Racial Differences in the Use of VA Health Services

The Health and Retirement Study (HRS) has recently added extensive new content addressing the use of Veteran’s Administration (VA) health services.  This new content will allow us to examine a wide range of determinants of such use, and racial differences…