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Using credit report records and data collected from several household surveys, we analyze changes in household debt and saving during the 2007 recession. We find that, while different segments of the population were affected in distinct ways, depending on whether they owned a home, whether they More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Report
Date: 3/28/2012
This paper presents the results of a field experiment in which a random subsample of older workers was given information about key Social Security provisions, while a control group was not. The experiment was designed to examine whether it is possible to affect individual behavior using a More information...
Audience: Researcher
Date: 3/23/2012
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
The Social Security Statement is sent annually to each individual over age 25. The Statement contains information regarding the Social Security program, the individual's past covered earnings and contributions, and an estimate of the individual's future retirement benefits. Given the complexity of More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
Innumerable studies over the past decade have shown that many people lack the basic knowledge of the Social Security system necessary for making informed decisions about when to retire and claim benefits, a decision which will impact their savings and their overall financial security. Accordingly, More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
We examined financial literacy among the young using the most recent wave of the 1997 National Longitudinal Survey of Youth. We showed that financial literacy is low; fewer than one-third of young adults possess basic knowledge of interest rates, inflation, and risk diversification. Financial More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
Increasingly, individuals are in charge of their own financial security and are confronted with ever more complex financial instruments. However, there is evidence that many individuals are not well-equipped to make sound saving decisions. This paper demonstrates widespread financial illiteracy More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
Many older US households have done little or no planning for retirement, and there is a substantial population that seems to undersave for retirement. Of particular concern is the relative position of older women, who are more vulnerable to old-age poverty due to their longer longevity. This paper More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Article Journal Peer-reviewed
Date: 3/27/2012
Individuals are increasingly in charge of their own financial security after retirement. But how well-equipped are individuals to make saving decisions; do they possess adequate financial literacy, are they informed about the most important components of saving plans, do they even plan for More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012