Enhancing the Well-Being and Retirement of an Aging Population

Throughout the world, people are living well beyond traditional retirement ages. Some will suffer from health problems while others will remain in good health and continue to participate in the labor force. RAND Labor and Population research findings and recommendations help improve policies that aim to enhance physical conditions, cognitive functioning, medical care, and financial security of aging populations.

Understanding the Health and Economic Status of Aging Populations

Improving the physical and economic well-being of Americans in the years before and after retirement is a key theme of our work, and is one of the focuses of our Center for the Study of Aging and our Center for Chinese Aging Studies, which have been conducting interdisciplinary cutting-edge research for more than two decades. Work in this area is examining, for example, the lifetime risk of needing long-term care, providing model-based estimates of the viability of long-term care insurance, developing long-term care options for dementia, and examining international differences in health and longevity.

Improving Financial Decisionmaking Related to Retirement

The ability to make sound financial decisions is something that affects individuals over the life course, but it particularly affects the elderly as they move toward retirement. This theme is the focus of work in another of our centers, the Center for Financial and Economic Decision Making, which looks at how people collect information, how they think about risks and rewards, and how well they match their financial decisions to their preferences and interests.

  • Project

    Harmonization of HRS International Aging Studies

    Jun 26, 2015

    This project established a research network for the harmonization of cross-national studies of aging with the Health and Retirement Study (HRS).

  • News Release

    China's Aging Population Poses Challenges, but Changes to Health and Migration Policies Can Help

    Jan 19, 2015

    While the rapid aging of China's population is thought to condemn the nation to a dismal future, past policies on education and new policies to improve health and foster internal migration could ease the challenges posed by an older citizenry.

  • Journal Article

    Can China Age Healthily?

    Mar 23, 2016

    China has more older people than any other country, and its population is the fastest aging in the world, presenting challenges for Chinese families and the government alike. China is part of a global community striving for healthy aging, and lessons learned will have implications for the rest of the world.

  • Draft

    Job Insecurity, Unemployment Insurance and On-the-Job Search

    Aug 20, 2015

    The impact of Unemployment Insurance can be substantial for workers with high levels of job insecurity. Evidence shows UI discourages workers from on-the-job search, which reduces the probability of starting a new job with a difference employer.