Examining American Life Panel (ALP) data on psychological influences on retirement data, we found that:
• Those with high levels of cognitive ability are more likely to retire later.
• Those with greater cognitive ability have more coherent expectations of retirement—suggesting a need for planning assistance to those with less cognitive ability.
• Those with greater longevity expectations are likely to retire later.
• Expectation of reduction in Social Security benefits is associated with plans to retire later.