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Volume 9 Issue 4 - October 2008

RRC Conference Held in D.C.

The 10th Annual Conference of the Retirement Research Consortium was held in August at the National Press Club in Washington DC.  With the conference’s growing popularity, attendance this year was well over three hundred.  The conference, Determinants of Retirement Security, was organized this year by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College in consultation with the RRC.  Its theme addressed challenges and potential solutions to retirement security. 

Acting Deputy Commissioner Jason Fichtner delivered welcoming remarks. Congressional Budget Office Director Peter Orszag deliverd a luncheon address on Thursday.  On Friday, Henry Aaron of the Brookings Institution chaired a luncheon panel on the Future of Medicare with panelists Marilyn Moon  of the American Institutes for Research and Gail Wilensky of Project Hope.

Over the two days, researchers from each of the three consortium centers presented papers on current projects, all of which are funded by SSA. The topics covered in the eight panel sessions included papers on the impact of pre-retirement patterns on retirement incomes, factors influencing the timing of retirement, trends in asset allocation, adequacy of retirement resources, and consumption in retirement. The second day held presentations from the Sandell Scholars as well as a panel on program interactions and a panel examining the safety net for older workers. Papers presented at the conference, along with Powerpoint presentations are available on the MRRC website.