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Social Security claiming decision of married men and widow poverty

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  • Sass, Steven A.
  • Sun, Wei
  • Webb, Anthony

Abstract

We find that most husbands claim Social Security before the ages that maximize the expected present value of their benefits. Although household benefits are only slightly reduced, the expected present value of widows’ benefits reduces by 17.7%, increasing their risk of poverty.

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  • Sass, Steven A. & Sun, Wei & Webb, Anthony, 2013. "Social Security claiming decision of married men and widow poverty," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 119(1), pages 20-23.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:119:y:2013:i:1:p:20-23
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2013.01.007
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    1. David Knapp & Beth Asch & Jim Hosek & Michael G. Mattock, 2016. "The Retirement and Social Security Benefit Claiming of U.S. Military Retirees," Working Papers wp336, University of Michigan, Michigan Retirement Research Center.

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    Keywords

    Social Security benefit; Widow’s survivor benefit; Claiming behavior; Widow poverty;

    JEL classification:

    • D14 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Saving; Personal Finance
    • D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution
    • H55 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Social Security and Public Pensions

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