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Investigator(s): Social Security Administration

In 1969, the Office of Research and Statistics of the Social Security Administration designed a ten-year longitudinal study to investigate the changes in the economic and social characteristics of men and unmarried women in the United States, aged 58-63, as they approached and entered the retirement phase of their lives. The main purpose of the study was to assess the Social Security Program's provisions for retired workers, not only for recording the socioeconomic situation of Social Security beneficiaries, but also to aid policymakers in planning program changes. A series of six biennial surveys was conducted by the United States Census Bureau beginning in 1969 and ending in 1979. The surveys cover the following areas: (1) labor force history, (2) retirement and retirement plans, (3) health, (4) household, family, and social activities, and (5) income, assets, and debts.

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Most Recent Publications

2005
Hammermesch, Daniel S.,  Slemrod, Joel . The Economics of Workaholism: We Should Not Have Worked on This Paper. IZA Discussion Paper No. 1680. Bonn, Germany: Institute for the Study of Labor.
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2003
Stephens, Melvin, Jr.,  Haider, Steven J. Can Unexpected Retirement Explain the Retirement -Consumption Puzzle? Evidence for Subjective Retirement Expectations. CRR WP 2003-15, Chestnut Hill, MA: Center for Retirement Research at Boston College.
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2000
Gustman, Alan L.,  Steinmeier, Thomas L. Pensions and Retiree Health Benefits In Household Wealth: Changes From 1969 to 1992. Journal of Human Resources. 35, (1), 30-50.
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2000
Gustman, Alan L.,  Steinmeier, Thomas L. Retirement outcomes in the Health and Retirement Study. NBER Working Paper Series. 7588, Cambridge, MA: National Bureau of Economic Research.
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2000
Gustman, Alan L.,  Steinmeier, Thomas L. Retirement outcomes in the Health and Retirement Study. Social Security Bulletin. 63, (4), 57-71.
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1999
Anderson, Patricia M.,  Gustman, Alan L.,  Steinmeier, Thomas L. Trends in Male Labor Force Participation and Retirement: Some Evidence on the Role of Pensions and Social Security in the 1970s and 1980s. Journal of Labor Economics. 17, (4), 757-783.
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1998
Blau, David M. Labor force dynamics of older married couples. Journal of Labor Economics. 16, (3), 595-629.
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1998
1997
Nettles, Michael T.,  Perna, Laura W. African American Education Data Book, Vol. 3. Fairfax, VA: Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute of the College Fund/UNCF.
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1997
Rust, John,  Phelan, Christopher . How Social Security and Medicare affect retirement behavior in a world of incomplete markets. Econometrica. 65, (4), 781-831.
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