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Pensions in the Health and Retirement Study

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  • Gustman, Alan L.

    (Dartmouth College)

  • Steinmeier, Thomas L.

    (Texas Tech University)

  • Tabatabai, Nahid

    (Dartmouth College)

Abstract

This book presents a careful analysis of pension data collected by the Health and Retirement Study, a unique survey of people over the age of fifty conducted by the University of Michigan for the National Institute on Aging. The authors studied pensions as they evolve over individuals’ work lives and into retirement: how pension coverage and plans change over a lifetime, how many pensions workers have by the time they retire and what these pensions are worth, what pensions contribute to individual retirement incomes, and how trends and policy changes affect retirement plans. The book focuses on the major features of pensions, including plan type and participation, ages of eligibility for retirement, values of different pension types, how pension values are influenced by retirement age, how plans are settled when a worker leaves a firm, how well people understand their pensions, the importance of pensions in retirement saving and as a share of household wealth, and the vulnerability of the retirement age population to the current financial crisis. This book provides readers with an invaluable look at the crucial but ever-changing role of pensions in supporting retirees.

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  • Gustman, Alan L. & Steinmeier, Thomas L. & Tabatabai, Nahid, 2010. "Pensions in the Health and Retirement Study," Economics Books, Harvard University Press, number 9780674048669, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:hup:pbooks:9780674048669
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    Cited by:

    1. Gustman, Alan L. & Steinmeier, Thomas L., 2015. "Effects of social security policies on benefit claiming, retirement and saving," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 129(C), pages 51-62.
    2. repec:eee:hapoch:v1_865 is not listed on IDEAS
    3. James MacGee & Jie Zhou, 2010. "Private Pensions, Retirement Wealth and Lifetime Earnings," University of Western Ontario, Economic Policy Research Institute Working Papers 20102, University of Western Ontario, Economic Policy Research Institute.
    4. repec:pri:cepsud:227rosen is not listed on IDEAS
    5. Philipp Bewerunge & Harvey S. Rosen, 2013. "Wages, Pensions, and Public-Private Sector Compensation Differentials for Older Workers," NBER Working Papers 19454, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    6. Alan L. Gustman & Thomas L. Steinmeier & Nahid Tabatabai, 2015. "Declining Wealth and Work Among Male Veterans in the Health and Retirement Study," NBER Working Papers 21736, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    7. Clark, Robert L. & Mitchell, Olivia S., 2014. "How does retiree health insurance influence public sector employee saving?," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 38(C), pages 109-118.
    8. Philipp Bewerunge & Harvey S. Rosen, 2012. "Wages, Pensions, and Public-Private Sector Compensation Differentials," Working Papers 1388, Princeton University, Department of Economics, Center for Economic Policy Studies..
    9. Alicia Munnell & Jean-Pierre Aubry & Joshua Hurwitz & Laura Quinby, 2012. "Public Plans and Short-Term Employees," NBER Working Papers 18448, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    10. repec:eee:hapoch:v1_457 is not listed on IDEAS
    11. Courtney C. Coile & Phillip B. Levine, 2010. "Recessions, Reeling Markets, and Retiree Well-Being," NBER Working Papers 16066, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    12. Marco Angrisani & Michael D. Hurd & Erik Meijer, 2012. "Investment Decisions in Retirement: The Role of Subjective Expectations," Working Papers wp274, University of Michigan, Michigan Retirement Research Center.

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    JEL classification:

    • D0 - Microeconomics - - General
    • I0 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - General
    • H0 - Public Economics - - General

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