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Rejection from the Disability Insurance Program and Dependency on Social Support
Susan Chen

Have We Finally Achieved Actuarial Fairness of Social Security Retirement Benefits and Will It Last?
Frank Heiland and Na Yin

Distributional Effects of Means Testing Social Security: An Exploratory Analysis
Alan L. Gustman, Thomas L. Steinmeier and Nahid Tabatabai

Is the 2010 Affordable Care Act Minimum Standard to Identify Disability in All National Datasets Good Enough for Policy Purposes?
Richard V. Burkhauser, T. Lynn Fisher, Andrew J. Houtenville and Jennifer R. Tennant

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Pew looks to build its Retirement Security research team

Pew Charitable Trust has current openings for its new Retirement Security project: Research Officer, Senior Research Associate, and an Associate. Full position descriptions and application details are available in the PDF links above.

The 22nd annual RAND Summer Institute (RSI)

RSI will take place in Santa Monica, CA, July 6-9, 2015. The event consists of two conferences addressing critical issues facing our aging population: a Mini-Medical School for Social Scientists (July 6-7) and a Workshop on the Demography, Economics, Psychology, and Epidemiology of Aging (July 8-9). The primary aim of the RSI is to expose pre- and post-doctoral students and junior faculty interested in the study of aging to a wide range of research being conducted in fields beyond their own specialties. There is fellowship support for travel and accommodation. More info here.

The latest MRRC newsletter is now available

Articles include:

· Director’s corner: MRRC Director John Laitner’s take on the 2014 RRC Meeting

· Policy focus marks 2014 RRC Meeting: ‘Social Security and the Retirement Income System’

· Deputy Chief Thornton gives RRC scholars insight into areas of SSA interest

HTML versions of stories are available here. A PDF version is available here.

2015 Steven H. Sandell Grant Program call for proposals

Junior scholars in all academic disciplines are invited to apply for The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College's 2015 Steven H. Sandell Grant Program for research on retirement income and policy, funded by the U.S. Social Security Administration. Up to three grants of $45,000 will be awarded for one-year projects. Submission deadline is Saturday, January 31, 2015. Details are available here.

Call for Proposals: NBER Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Program on the Economics of an Aging Workforce

To encourage research on the economics of labor market activity by older workers, the NBER, with the generous support of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, is sponsoring a program of dissertation fellowships for doctoral students in economics. Fellows will have an opportunity to attend and participate in the NBER Summer Institute workshops on Aging and Labor Studies, which are held in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The fellowships will provide support for the 2015-2016 academic year. Applications are due December 17, 2014. More information here.

View a video interview with MRRC Researcher Eric French who discusses the research behind the paper Medicaid Insurance in Old Age, coauthored with Mariacristina De Nardi, Eric French and John Bailey Jones.

Podcast Interview with David Neumark on his MRRC paper: Do Stronger Age Discrimination Laws Make Social Security Reforms More Effective?


The University of Michigan Retirement Research Center is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Social Security Administration as part of its Retirement Research Consortium.