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Does Household Debt Influence the Labor Supply and Benefit Claiming Decisions of Older Americans?

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  • Barbara A. Butrica
  • Nadia S. Karamcheva

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Americans’ indebtedness has increased dramatically since the 1980s – a trend likely to have important implications for retirement security. This study finds that older adults with debt are 8 percentage points more likely to work and 2 percentage points less likely to receive Social Security benefits than those without debt. Not only does the presence of debt influence older adults’ behavior, but so do the amount and type of debt – particularly outstanding mortgages. Increasingly, retirement security will depend on having enough income and assets to pay for basic living expenses and to service debt.

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  • Barbara A. Butrica & Nadia S. Karamcheva, 2013. "Does Household Debt Influence the Labor Supply and Benefit Claiming Decisions of Older Americans?," Working Papers, Center for Retirement Research at Boston College wp2013-22, Center for Retirement Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:crr:crrwps:wp2013-22
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    1. Annamaria Lusardi & Olivia S. Mitchell, 2017. "Older Women's Labor Market Attachment, Retirement Planning, and Household Debt," NBER Chapters,in: Women Working Longer: Increased Employment at Older Ages, pages 185-215 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    2. Yun K. Kim & Gilberto Tadeu Lima & Mark Setterfield, 2017. "Political Aspects of Household Debt," Working Papers 2017_02, University of Massachusetts Boston, Economics Department.
    3. Annamaria Lusardi & Olivia S. Mitchell, 2013. "Older Adult Debt and Financial Frailty," Working Papers wp291, University of Michigan, Michigan Retirement Research Center.
    4. Lusardi, Annamaria & Mitchell, Olivia S. & Oggero, Noemi, 2017. "Debt and financial vulnerability on the verge of retirement," CFS Working Paper Series 574, Center for Financial Studies (CFS).

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