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MRRC Newsletter: Volume 11 Issue 2 - June 2010

Director's Corner
On April 12, 2010, researchers from the Michigan Retirement Research Center (MRRC) gave a briefing titled "Social Security and the Well-Being of Older Americans," for policymakers at the Senate Visitor’s Center on Capitol Hill.

2010 MRRC Annual Research Workshop
On April 9-10, 2010, the Michigan Retirement Center (MRRC) held its Sixth Annual Research Workshop. The meeting offered a fast-paced and collegial exchange of papers and ideas.

Q & A: How Marriage and Divorce Impact Earnings, Savings, and Wealth
MRRC researcher Julie Zissimopoulos talks about her 2009 Working Paper Gain and Loss: Marriage and Wealth Changes Over Time.

Committee on Aging Delivers Report to Obama’s Fiscal Commission
WASHINGTON, D.C. On Tuesday, May 18, 2010, U.S. Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI), Chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, released an official Committee report on Social Security.

Social Security Benefits to Go Electronic by 2013
Millions of Social Security recipients who get their monthly checks by mail will instead receive them electronically as of March 1, 2013, the federal government has announced.

Q & A: Adjustable Rate Mortgages --
MRRC researcher and University of Michigan economist Frank Stafford discusses his current project.

Register Now for the 12th Annual RRC Conference: August 5-6, 2010
There is no charge to attend the conference. Preregister on our website, as space is limited.

New Book on Pensions in the HRS
Pensions in the Health and Retirement Study. Alan L. Gustman, Thomas L. Steinmeier, and Nahid Tabatabai (Harvard University Press, 2010).

MRRC Researchers in the News
The University Record Update carried the University of Michigan News Service video interview with MRRC researcher Janice Compton about her 2009 working paper with Robert Pollak, which found that most Americans live within 25 miles of their mother.