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Volume 11 Issue 2 - June 2010

Director's Corner

On April 12, 2010, researchers from the Michigan Retirement Research Center (MRRC) gave a briefing titled "Social Security and the Well-Being of Older Americans," for policymakers at the Senate Visitor’s Center on Capitol Hill. The audience of about 40 consisted of staff from congressional committees, the Social Security Administration, the Congressional Budget Office, and the Congressional Research Service.

The purpose of the briefing was to disseminate findings from MRRC research directly to the policymaking community - in the words of John Laitner’s opening statement, to help "create knowledge infrastructure that provides a scientific basis for policy analysis." The speakers were John Laitner (MRRC director), Dan Silverman (MRRC associate director), Michael Hurd, and Kathleen McGarry. Following the presentations, the speakers answered questions from the audience.

The Michigan Retirement Research Center owes thanks to the Social Security Administration (SSA) for its cooperation and to the staff of Senators Max Baucus (Montana) and Jon Kyl (Arizona) of the Senate Finance Committee for their assistance with the arrangements.

This Newsletter features pictures and agenda items from the MRRC Annual Research Workshop at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, April 9-10, 2010. We had 26 talks, 2 roundtable sessions, and dinner remarks from Manuel de la Puente, Associate Commissioner, Office of Research Evaluation and Statistics at SSA. The workshop provides a forum for MRRC researchers to present their basic findings. It features generous time allocations to comments and discussion from the floor. Each year we invite several new scholars whom MRRC would like to recruit for future projects. The roundtable discussions are less structured than the talks and provide latitude for airing interesting topics. This year’s roundtable subjects were "Social Security Reform" and "New Data Resources." MRRC was delighted to have seven attendees from SSA.