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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
How do low-income households think about retirement? Do they think about retirement? If so, when do they think they will retire, and what is it they plan to live on? In this paper, we present evidence on these questions based on 51 qualitative interviews with low-income families in the Detroit More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
Common financial planning advice calls for households to ensure that retirement income exceeds 70 percent of average pre-retirement income. We use an augmented life-cycle model of household behavior to examine optimal replacement rates for a representative set of retired American households. We More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
This study explores the relationship between general human capital investment, financial knowledge, occupational spillovers, and the accumulation of wealth in a primarily descriptive manner. Drawing upon human capital theory and following previous related work by Delavande, Rohwedder and Willis More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
The degree to which the Social Security tax distorts labor supply decisions depends on the extent to which individuals recognize that future benefits are based on how much they worked. To measure the perceived linkage between labor supply and Social Security benefits, we administer a survey More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
This paper analyzes new data from the 2009 National Financial Capability Study. This survey provides information to assess how American households make financial decisions, how they are faring under current economic conditions, and in what ways financial knowledge contributes to financial 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