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MRRC Newsletter: Volume 17, Issue 2 - May 2017

Director's corner -- John Laitner


The Michigan Retirement Research Center held its annual researcher workshop March 31 and April 1, 2017. As we have done in recent years, we used space in the Ross School of Business, on the University of Michigan Campus. We had 29 short talks, each followed with equal time for open discussion. Audience participation is vital in this format. The goal of the workshop is the interchange of ideas — and constructive criticism.

Workshop previews upcoming research


MRRC’s annual workshop allows researchers to share work in progress with an audience of fellow investigators. Presented in 10 minute segments, with 10 minutes of listener feedback and questions, the workshop can improve current projects and shape future research questions. All the talks touch on retirement or data collection/analysis topics. (See accompanying article for a complete list of presentations.) Most of the work is preliminary, and analysis and findings may change before working papers are made public.

Lunchtime talk adds interdisciplinary flavor to workshop


This year, the workshop featured a lunchtime talk by University of Michigan School of Public Health epidemiology professor Carlos F. Mendes de Leon. His work looks at the intersectionality between work, retirement, and health — topics familiar to the audience — but through gerontological and epidemiological lenses. In addition to sharing others’ medically focused research, Mendes de Leon presented two studies of his own, “Occupational cognitive requirements and late-life cognitive aging” and “Functional health decline before and after retirement: A longitudinal analysis of the Health and Retirement Study.”

2017 MRRC Workshop presenters and projects


This year, 29 researchers shared their recent projects at the annual spring workshop. In addition, David Grant, director of the RAND American Life Panel, gave a talk on some of the possible ways the panel can be used by investigators. The presenters, listed in alphabetical order, were:

MRRC researchers in publication & the media


News from our investigators on academic publications and media sightings.