Volume 15, Issue 4 - December 2015
In an era with aging workforces throughout the OECD, policies that might encourage longer careers are of potentially great interest. In UM16-01, Laitner/Silverman will study the possible effect of targeted payroll-tax cuts on incentives to delay retirement. In UM16-04, Newmark will continue his work on the relation of State age-discrimination protections and labor-force participation at older ages. In UM16-05, Mitchell/Maurer will use data from an experimental HRS module to evaluate workers’ stated preferences among policy inducements to delay Social Security claiming and retirement.
The ACA has recently increased options for obtaining health insurance. In UM16-02, Gustman/Steinmeier/Tabatabai will use the HRS to study the possible impact of the ACA on the well-being and retirement incentives of older workers. In UM16-15, Levy/Buchmueller/Nikpay will examine evidence of the specific effects of the ACA on early retirees.
Data availability for analyzing retirement-related issues is always a primary topic of interest to the MRRC. In this vein, UM16-11 Fang/Brown/Weir will study generational changes in Social Security benefits and private pension wealth making use of the new (2010) HRS “Mid Boomers” cohort (born 1954-59). In UM16-17, Wenger/Mullen/Maestas will use recently available, harmonized international data to study the relation of work conditions and retirement choices. And, UM16-08, Mullen/Maestas/Wenger will study job demands/working conditions and worker choices at different ages in the US.
In times of change and fiscal challenge, we look forward to a stimulating and productive year of research.