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In 2009, the Center for Retirement Research analyzed responses to the financial and economic downturn of workers approaching retirement. The CRR surveyed 1,317 workers age 45 to 59 between July and August 2009. The main results showed a significant rise in expected retirement ages, but little More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Brief
Date: 3/27/2012
In 1995, the Social Security Administration started sending out the annual Social Security Statement. It contains information about the worker’s estimated benefits at the ages 62, 65, and 70. I use this unique natural experiment to analyze the retirement and claiming decision-making. First, I find More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
We compare wealth holdings across two cohorts of the Health and Retirement Study: the early Baby Boomers in 2004, and individuals in the same age group in 1992. Levels and patterns of total net worth have changed relatively little over time, though Boomers rely more on housing equity than their More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Article Journal Peer-reviewed
Date: 3/27/2012
This study surveyed thousands of Americans about their knowledge of retirement planning in general and Social Security in particular. It found that most Americans feel ill prepared for retirement and have a very low level of understanding of how the Social Security system works, when they should More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Brief
Date: 3/27/2012
An on-line survey of K-12 teachers was conducted to determine teachers’ background and capacity to teach personal finance. Results indicate that while teachers recognize the importance of teaching personal finance, few have had formal preparation for teaching this subject matter; also, the teaching More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
Abstract: The project will develop, implement, and evaluate a pilot program to encourage the use of the Saver's Credit among clients of a large scale VITA site during the 2011 tax season. The pilot program will be developed by a coalition including Center for Economic Progress, Abt Associates, and More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Brief Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
The decision of when to claim Social Security benefits has significant implications for households’ retirement income security. In recent years, claiming decisions have become more complex due to the increased number of two-earner couples and changes in Social Security law designed to improve work More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
This article models respondent behavior in a financial survey with a framework explicitly integrating a respondent’s knowledge of and willingness to reveal his or her financial status. Whether a respondent provides a valid answer, a “don’t know”, or a “refusal” to a financial question depends on More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
Earlier research suggests that many people in their fifties and early sixties are not well informed about their Social Security entitlements. This paper investigates the effect of deviations between predicted and realized Social Security benefits on several measures of well-being in retirement, More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
Studying household investment behavior is essential for understanding the full consequences of old age social security benefits. Using data from six waves of the Health and Retirement Study, we analyze the dynamics of portfolio composition before respondents start claiming social security benefits. More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012