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Recent publications

Quicksand or Bedrock for Behavioral Economics? Assessing Foundational Empirical Questions
Victor Stango, Joanne Yoong, and Jonathan Zinman

Exploring the Social Security Benefit Implications of Same-Sex Marriage
Michael S. Pollard and Italo Lopez-Garcia

A Review of U.S. Federal and State Means-Tested Programs
Robert Moffitt

Characteristics of Second-career Occupations: A Review and Synthesis
Brooke Helppie-McFall and Amanda Sonnega

Exploring the Risks and Consequences of Elder Fraud Victimization: Evidence from the Health and Retirement Study
Marguerite DeLiema, Martha Deevy, Annamaria Lusardi, and Olivia S. Mitchell

The Reintroduction of the Social Security Statement and its Effect on Social Security Expectations, Retirement Savings, and Labor Supply across the Age Distribution
Philip Armour

The Effect of Physical and Cognitive Decline at Older Ages on Work and Retirement: Evidence from Occupational Job Demands and Job Mismatch
Péter Hudomiet, Michael D. Hurd, Susann Rohwedder, and Robert J. Willis

Marriage-related Policies in an Estimated Life-cycle Model of Households’ Labor Supply and Savings for Two Cohorts
Margherita Borella, Mariacristina De Nardi, and Fang Yang

The Effect of Affordable Care Act Medicaid Expansion on Post-Displacement Labor Supply among the Near-Elderly
Chichun Fang

Long-Term Effects of Leaving Military Service in a Weak Economy
Italo A. Gutierrez and Jennie W. Wenger

Parents with an Unemployed Adult Child: Labor Supply, Consumption, and Savings Effects
Kathryn Anne Edwards and Jeffrey B. Wenger

Understanding Earnings, Labor Supply, and Retirement Decisions
Xiaodong Fan, Ananth Seshadri, and Christopher Taber

Work-Life Balance and Labor Force Attachment at Older Ages
Marco Angrisani, Maria Casanova,and Erik Meijer

Also of interest

Register for the 2018 RRC Meeting

Join the Retirement Research Consortium for two days of presentations from the nation’s top scholars. This year’s agenda includes findings on Social Security Survivors Insurance, labor effects of the ACA, representative payees, and more. Held August 2 & 3 at the National Press Club, Washington, D.C., this event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

View the agenda here:

Register here:


Mathematica offers two disability research fellowships

Master’s or early-stage doctoral students interested in conducting an independent research project related to disability policy are invited to apply to Mathematica’s summer fellowship program in Washington, D.C.

Mathematica also offers a dissertation fellowship program for doctoral students conducting dissertation research on disability issues. Fellows remain at their home institution.

Application deadline for both programs is Monday, June 25, 2018.

Visit the Disability Policy Consortium web page for more information on eligibility and the application process.

Winter newsletter features 2017 key findings

MRRC’s latest newsletter includes key findings from papers published in 2017, MRRC Director John Laitner’s thoughts on data sources and the life-cycle model, and researcher news. Read a PDF of the newsletter or read Laitner’s blog post about recent MRRC research.

NBER presents workshop on public retirement plans

On April 17, NBER’s Retirement Research Center, with support from the Social Security Administration, is hosting a one-day workshop in Washington, D.C.

The day will feature presentations from nationally known speakers in three sessions focusing on

  • the public labor force’s changing nature;
  • retirees’ dependance on public pensions for retirement income;
  • how changes in public pensions may affect retirees’ reliance on Social Security benefits and their support for federal retirement programs.

Nobel laureate Peter Diamond will give the keynote address, examining pension funding issues including how pension liabilities should be priced.

Held at Mathematic Policy Research in D.C., the workshop is free, but preregistration is required. View the agenda and register here:


Blog post: Facing challenges to working longer

Follow a couple as new family responsibilities make working longer and saving for retirement more difficult. Read the post here.


In case you missed the 2017 RRC meeting, slides and video are available

Slides for most of the 2017 presentations are currently posted. Thank you to the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College for organizing this year’s event.

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 scheduleis 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

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