The Nomenclature of Social Security Retirement Benefits – Qualitative Exploration of Alternate Terminology

35 Pages Posted: 14 Aug 2016

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Ania Filus

Center for Economic and Social Research (CESR)

Lila Rabinovich

Center for Economic and Social Research (CESR)

Date Written: August 12, 2016

Abstract

This project report presents findings from the qualitative component of a study to examine American’s understanding of Social Security terminology regarding retirement, and to test responses to alternate names for those terms. Phase 1 of this study was a short survey of 1,260 respondents of the Understanding America Study (UAS) panel, which assessed whether the terms “Early Eligibility Age” (EEA), “Full Retirement Age” (FRA) and “Delayed Retirement Credits” (DRC) were well understood by respondents. The study’s second phase, which is the focus of this report and described in more detail below, consists of qualitative interviews with a small number of respondents selected from the UAS panel. The third and final phase of the study will be an experiment run through the UAS to test participants’ responses to and understanding of alternate names for Social Security retirement-related terminology.

Suggested Citation

Filus, Ania and Rabinovich, Lila, The Nomenclature of Social Security Retirement Benefits – Qualitative Exploration of Alternate Terminology (August 12, 2016). CESR-Schaeffer Working Paper No. 2015-024, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2822546 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2822546

Ania Filus (Contact Author)

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Lila Rabinovich

Center for Economic and Social Research (CESR) ( email )

635 Downey Way
Los Angeles, CA 90089-3332
United States

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