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Volume 15, Issue 4 - December 2015

Researchers in the media

In October, Rueters columnist Mark Miller interviewed Helen Levy on her MRRC project “The Effect of Health Reform on Retirement,” which she co-authored with Thomas Buchmueller and Sayeh Nikpay. The study looked for higher rates of retirement after Affordable Care Act implementation—something other researchers had predicted might happen as older workers left full-time work to start businesses or “encore” careers. “’We looked for it. In fact we really looked hard for it,’ said Helen Levy, a research associate professor at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research. ‘This just hasn’t been the labor supply Armageddon some were predicting.’?”

Business Insider Australia wrote about the Alan L. Gustman, Thomas L. Steinmeier, and Nahid Tabatabai paper “Declining Wealth and Work among Male Veterans in the Health and Retirement Study.” The researchers “broke down the economic and health outcomes for veterans age 51 to 56 in 1992, 1998, 2004, and 2010, measuring how the government’s services have helped over time. ‘Among those 51 to 56 in 1992, veterans were better educated, healthier, wealthier, and more likely to be working than nonveterans,’ said a new study. ‘By the 2010 cohort, 51- to 56-year-old veterans had lost their educational advantage over nonveterans, were less healthy, less wealthy and less likely to be working.’?”