Baseline Data for 1950s Cornell Occupational Retirement Study AvailableICPSR is pleased to announce the release of the baseline data for the Cornell Study of Occupational Retirement, 1952-58 (ICPSR 34918) through the National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging. Originally conducted in the 1950s by principal investigators Gordon F. Streib, Wayne E. Thompson, Milton L. Barron, and Edward A. Suchman, all of Cornell University, the study aimed to collect and analyze information about the then-"well-defined" life transition from employment to retirement in America. Following the study's completion, its materials were stored in seven filing cabinets at the Newberry Library in Chicago and were given to ICPSR as a gift in the 1990s.
|The punched card reader purchased and repaired by ICPSR.|
Through its longitudinal design, the Cornell Study of Occupational Retirement provides a unique perspective on retirement in the 1950s. The data cover gender and health — aspects of retirement which were seldom considered at that time period — and their relationship with this life transition. Data recovery was funded by the National Institute on Aging (1 R03 AG04038). The baseline data have been approved for public use. The release of four additional data sets corresponding with the four follow-up waves of this study is expected before the end of 2013.
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