Aging and Retirement

Asian grandmother and granddaughter

Rising incomes and medical advances are allowing people throughout the world to live well beyond traditional retirement ages. At the same time, declining birthrates mean that fewer prime-age workers are available to support retirees. The aging of the world's population has profound implications for all aspects of civil society. RAND Labor and Population research and analysis provides the facts necessary to guide the development of informed policy throughout this long-term transition.

RAND Labor and Population is home to some of the world's most distinguished experts on the demography and economics of aging. Their pioneering research — on such topics as the determinants of retirement and disability, consumption and savings behavior, and the role of family and social support systems — is helping decisionmakers to evaluate the effects of alternative policies.

  • Improving Programa 70 y más in Mexico

    In the last decade Mexico has implemented several programs with different strategies for supporting the elderly population at the federal and state level. RAND analyzed the most important federal noncontributory program for supporting the elderly, Programa 70 y más.

  • What Economic and Health Effects Has the Financial Crisis Had on Older Households?

    What effect has the financial crisis had on households and health? RAND researchers seek to quantify the effects of the crisis on older U.S. households, and the adjustments made in response. With this information, they aim to determine whether downturns in economic status are associated with declines in health.

  • Asset and Health Dynamics Among the Oldest Old (AHEAD)

    The Health and Retirement Study is a longitudinal survey of the elderly dating back to 1992. With the support of the National Institute on Aging and Social Security Administration, RAND has made five data sets available for researchers.

  • Survey in Rural Bangladesh Explores Life-Cycle and Aging

    The Matlab Health and Socio-economic Survey, conducted in 1996, provides a unique microlevel data set for research on aging. In particular, these new data will support in-depth analyses — not possible with existing survey data — on interrelated topics having to do with life-cycle investments in the physical, economic, and social well-being of adults and the elderly.