Pension and Social Security Wealth in the Health and Retirement Study

Wealth, Work, and Health, 1999

Posted: 16 Oct 1999

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Alan L. Gustman

Dartmouth College - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Olivia S. Mitchell

University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School; University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School, Pension Research Council; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Andrew A. Samwick

Dartmouth College - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Thomas L. Steinmeier

Texas Tech University - Department of Economics and Geography

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Abstract

Together, pensions, social security and health insurance account for half of the wealth held by all households in the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), for 60 percent of total wealth of HRS households who are in the 45th to 55th wealth percentiles, and even for 48 percent of wealth for those in the 90th and 95th wealth percentiles. The HRS surveys households aged 51 to 61 in 1992, and obtains pension plan descriptions from respondents' employers. Pension accrual profiles, income and wealth distributions by type, wealth-income ratios and accrued wealth by pension status are also explored.

JEL Classification: J14, J26, J32, D31, D91, E21, H55

Suggested Citation

Gustman, Alan L. and Mitchell, Olivia S. and Samwick, Andrew A. and Steinmeier, Thomas L., Pension and Social Security Wealth in the Health and Retirement Study. Wealth, Work, and Health, 1999. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=187431

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