UM16-01: Adjusting the Payroll Tax to Promote Longer Careers

This project will attempt to assess qualitatively and quantitatively a reform that has been suggested to encourage longer careers. The reform is a payroll tax cut targeted at older, near-retirement households. We are interested in the likely effect on labor…

UM16-02: The Affordable Care Act as Retiree Health Insurance: Implications for Retirement and Social Security Claiming

Using four HRS cohorts, we will apply descriptive and multivariate techniques to document the relationships among retirement, Social Security benefit claiming, retiree health insurance and relevant covariates. All will be placed into historical context. Once the background is established for…

UM16-03: Occupational Transitions Among Older Workers

Understanding how and why people exit the labor force at older ages bears importantly on our ability to develop salutary retirement policy. Little is known, however, about the relationship between occupational transitions, job skills and demands, and work decisions. We…

UM16-04: Do State Age Discrimination Protections Reduce Hiring Discrimination Against Older Workers?

State age discrimination protections stronger than the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act may help older workers extend their work lives. This project builds on a large-scale resume correspondence study that is already designed and in the field, which provides…

UM16-05: Older People’s Willingness to Delay Social Security Claiming

The authors have designed and fielded an experimental module in the 2014 HRS which seeks to measure older persons’ willingness to voluntarily defer claiming of Social Security benefits. In addition we will evaluate the stated willingness of older individuals to…

UM16-06: The Interaction Between Consumption and Health in Retirement

This project has two primary objectives. The first goal is to better understand the effect that income has on health, health has on income, and to capture latent productivity in health capital production. There are three important building blocks to…

UM16-07: Examining the Relationship between Caregiving and Work

There has been much concern over the provision of long-term care and the stresses it imposes on the family members who provide that care. In this study, we draw on 20 years of data from the Health and Retirement Study…

UM16-08: Job Demands and Job Sustainability Over the Life Course

The first step to understanding the link between job demands and job sustainability for older workers is understanding if older workers face different physical and mental job demands and have different abilities and preferences for work than their younger selves.…

UM16-09: The Effect of Social Security Information on the Labor Supply of Older Americans

Starting in the 1990s, SSA began automatic mailings of a statement with personalized projections and estimates as to Social Security benefit eligibility and amount. Although previous research has examined the impact of being sent this statement on retirement benefit claiming…

UM16-10: Issue Brief: Occupational Differences in Rates of Cognitive Decline

This research brief will use rich longitudinal data on occupations and cognitive functioning to describe differences in rates of age-related cognitive decline across broad occupational categories. This is a useful first step in elucidating the potential role that cognitive decline…