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Volume 16, Issue 2 - June 2016

Director's corner ,p.This Newsletter summarizes a set of papers from the 2016 MRRC Researcher Workshop. The Researcher Workshop is held annually, in April, on the campus of the University of Michigan. We had 50-55 attendees. There were more than 30 short talks, with equal time devoted to discussion. Indeed, the Workshop emphasizes group discussion of each working-paper presentation.

This Newsletter features talks on job characteristics. The summarized papers use data from the Health and Retirement Study and the American Life Panel (an Internet based survey). A topic of great current interest is how a job’s attributes affect worker retirement ages. Physical demands are, naturally, one important factor. But, so are time flexibility, perceived fair treatment, etc. In an age with longer lifespans and fewer children, career longevity is an interesting issue. Data facilitating international comparisons are coming available and may be able to add to our understanding.

The MRRC was delighted to welcome three attendees from SSA to the Workshop this year, Barbara Smith; Lynn Fisher; and, the new Associate Commissioner, Office of Research, Evaluation and Statistics, John Phillips.