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When Should Married Men Claim Social Security Benefits?

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  • Steven A. Sass
  • Wei Sun
  • Anthony Webb

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Most married men claim Social Security benefits at age 62 or 63, well short of the age that maximizes the expected present value of the average household’s benefits. That many married men “leave money on the table” is surprising. It is also problematic. It results in much lower benefits for surviving spouses and the low incomes of elderly widows are a major social problem. If married men delayed claiming Social Security benefits, retirement income security would significantly improve. This brief focuses on the potential gains from delayed claiming and the factors that may influence claiming behavior. It then considers possible policy responses.

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Paper provided by Center for Retirement Research in its series Issues in Brief with number ib2008-8-4.

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Length: 8 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2008
Date of revision: Mar 2008
Handle: RePEc:crr:issbrf:ib2008-8-4

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  1. John B. Shoven & Sita Nataraj Slavov, 2012. "The Decision to Delay Social Security Benefits: Theory and Evidence," NBER Working Papers 17866, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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