Retirement Research Using the Health and Retirement Survey
Alan L. Gustman
Dartmouth College - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
Olivia S. Mitchell
University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
Thomas L. Steinmeier
Texas Tech University - Department of Economics and Geography
JOURNAL OF HUMAN RESOURCES, Vol. 30, July 1994
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.
JEL Classification: J14, J26, J32Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: May 20, 1998
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