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2013 RRC Meeting Agenda and Papers

Retirement Security in Changing Times
15th Annual Meeting of the Retirement Research Consortium

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Panel 1: The Social Security System:  Claiming Behavior and Early Retirement

Social Security Benefit Claiming and Medicare Utilization
Summary     Slides
Lauren Hersch Nicholas, John Bound, and Helen Levy, University of Michigan

Life Expectation Judgments, Fairness, and Loss Aversion in the Psychology of Social Security Claiming Decisions
Summary     Slides
Suzanne B. Shu, UCLA, and John W. Payne, Duke University

Does Household Debt Influence the Labor Supply and Benefit Claiming Decisions of Older Americans?
Summary     Slides
Barbara A. Butrica and Nadia Karamcheva, Urban Institute


Panel 2: The Social Security System:  Benefits and the Tax Base

Earnings Adjustment Frictions: Evidence from the Social Security Earnings Test
Summary     Slides
Damon Jones and Alex Gelber, University of Chicago and Wharton

Adding Employer Contributions to Health Insurance to Social Security’s Earnings and Tax Base
Karen E. Smith and Eric Toder, Urban Institute

Differential Mortality and Retirement Benefits in the Health and Retirement Study
Summary     Slides
Barry P. Bosworth, The Brookings Institution and Kathleen Burke, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau


Panel 3: Retirement:  Lessons from the Recent Financial Crisis

Point of No Return: How Does the Duration of Jobless Spells Affect Retirement Timing?
Summary     Slides
Matthew S. Rutledge, Boston College

Did Age Discrimination Protections Help Older Workers Weather the Great Recession? 
Summary      Slides
David Neumark and Patrick Button, University of California-Irvine

Recessions, Older Workers, and Longevity: How Long Are Recessions Good For Your Health?
Summary     Slides
Courtney C. Coile, Phillip B. Levine, and Robin Mcknight, Wellesley College and NBER


Panel 4: Households after Retirement: Financial Behavior and Well-Being

Debt and Debt Management among Older Adults
Summary     Slides
Annamaria Lusardi, George Washington University, and Olivia S. Mitchell, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

What Makes Annuitization More Appealing?
Summary     Slides
John Beshears, Stanford; James Choi, Yale; David Laibson, Harvard; Brigitte Madrian, Harvard; and Steve Zeldes, Columbia

Housing in Retirement Across Countries
Summary     Slides
Makoto Nakajima, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, and Irina Telyukova, University of California, San Diego

Friday, August 2, 2013

Panel 5: Disruptions Caused by Economic Cycles: Lessons from the Recent Financial Crisis

The Financial Crisis and Saving in Personal Retirement Accounts
Summary     Slides
James Poterba, MIT; Steven Venti, Dartmouth; and David Wise, NBER

Why do SSI and SNAP Enrollments Rise in Good Economic Times and in Bad?
Summary     Slides
Matthew S. Rutledge and April Yanyuan Wu, Boston College

Characteristics and Employment of Applicants for Social Security Disability Insurance over the Business Cycle
Summary     Slides
Stephan Lindner, The Urban Institute, and Clark Burdick, Social Security Administration

Panel 6: Life-Cycle Behavior, Health, and Health Insurance

Health and Wealth in a Life-Cycle Model
Summary     Slides
John Karl Scholz and Ananth Seshadri, University of Wisconsin-Madison

State-Dependent Utility and Insurance Purchase Decisions
Jeffrey R. Brown, University of Illinois; Gopi Shah Goda, Stanford University; and Kathleen McGarry, UCLA

Happy Together or Home Alone: A Structural Model of the Role of Health Insurance in Joint Retirement
Summary     Slides
Dina Guo, University of Virginia

Panel 7: New Data Sources for Research

Post-War Trends in Labor Income in the Social Security Earnings Public-Use File
Summary     Slides
Gary Burtless, The Brookings Institution

What Do Data on Millions of U.S. Workers Say About Labor Income Risk?Summary     Slides
Fatih Guvenen, University of Minnesota and Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, and Jae Song, Social Security Administration

Does Retirement Induced through Social Security Pension Eligibility Influence Subjective Well-Being? A Cross-Country Comparison
Summary     Slides
Arie Kapteyn, University of Southern California; Jinkook Lee, RAND Corporation; and Gema Zamarro, University of Southern California