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Retirement Research Using the Health and Retirement Survey

  • Alan L. Gustman
  • Olivia S. Mitchell
  • Thomas L. Steinmeier

This paper highlights unanswered research questions in the economics of retirement, and shows how these issues can be addressed using the new Health and Retirement Survey (HRS). Unique features of the survey are described including administrative records on earnings and social security benefits, and employer provided data on pensions and health insurance. Also collected are indicators of retirement plans, health status, family structure, income, wealth and employer policies affecting job opportunities and constraints. Data from the first wave of the HRS are used to analyze retirement outcomes and constraints shaping retirement behavior.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 4813.

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Date of creation: Aug 1994
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Publication status: published as Journal of Human Resources, vol. 30, (1995), pp. 557-583.
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:4813
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