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Retirement and the provision of pensions and retirement benefits impact individuals, the private sector, community services, and nationalized health systems like Medicare. RAND has made policy-relevant contributions in developing and developed nations in the area of retirement research, including modeling future retirement trends, analyzing the determinants and health impacts of retirement, and understanding retirement consumption behavior.

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    Research Brief

    Many Americans Follow Nontraditional Paths to Retirement

    Jul 30, 2018

    Most U.S. seniors don't follow the “standard” pattern of retirement. For example, many stay in full- or part-time posts past age 70. Health and economic factors, cognitive abilities, and personality traits can shape Americans' retirement paths.

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    Research Brief

    Nearly Half of Retirees Would Return to Work

    Nov 12, 2019

    Overall, older workers report having more meaningful work and more workplace flexibility than their younger peers. Nearly half of retirees say they would return to work under the right conditions—and a large number already have.

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    Social security, a retrospective look at decisions for complex futures

    The Social Security system is now 48 years old and on the brink of bankruptcy. Yet, it is only within the last ten years that insolvency has become a pressing problem for the program. From an examination of Social Security's history, it appears that ...

    Jan 1, 1983

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    Demographic Certainties and Uncertainties in the Future of Social Security (Testimony before the Senate Subcommittee on Social Security and Income Maintenance Programs)

    This testimony describes demographic changes that will affect Social Security financing over the long term: the aging of the population (that is, the rise in the fraction of elderly people) from now into the next century; the shift of wives into paid...

    Jan 1, 1981

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    A Sequential Analysis of the Air Force Officer's Retirement Decision

    A stochastic dynamic programming model that explicitly examines the incentives to retire from the military is developed and numerically evaluated.

    Oct 1, 1979

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    Journal Article

    The Manuscripts of Social Welfare

    The author invites the attention of American archivists and social work leaders to the nature of social welfare from a record-keeping standpoint.

    Jan 1, 1960

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    Philip Armour

    Senior Economist and Director, Center for Disability Research; Professor of Policy Analysis and Director of Research, Analysis, & Design, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in economics, Cornell University; M.A. in economics, Cornell University; M.Sc. in econometrics, London School of Economics; B.A. in economics/literature/mathematics, Pomona College

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    Katherine Grace Carman

    Senior Economist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in economics, Stanford University; B.A. in economics, University of Michigan

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    Kathryn A. Edwards

    Economist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in economics, University of Wisconsin at Madison; M.S. in economics, University of Wisconsin at Madison; B.A. in economics, government, plan ii (humanities), University of Texas at Austin

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    Peter Hudomiet

    Economist
    Education Ph.D. in economics, University of Michigan; M.A. in economics, Central European University; MSc in technical informatics, Budapest University of Technology and Economic

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    Michael D. Hurd

    Director, RAND Center for the Study of Aging; Senior Principal Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in economics, University of California, Berkeley; M.S. in statistics, University of California, Berkeley; B.S. in electrical engineering, University of Utah

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    Lynn A. Karoly

    Senior Economist
    Education Ph.D. and M.A. in economics, Yale University; B.A. in economics, Claremont McKenna College

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    Erik Meijer

    Adjunct Economist
    Education Ph.D. in social sciences, Leiden University; M.A. in econometrics, University of Groningen

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    Susann Rohwedder

    Associate Director, RAND Center for the Study of Aging; Senior Economist
    Education Ph.D., M.A. in economics, University College London; M.S. in economics, University of Warwick

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    Patricia K. Tong

    Economist
    Education Ph.D. in economics, University of California, San Diego; B.A. in economics and mathematics, New York University

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    Christian van Stolk

    Executive Vice President, RAND Europe
    Education Ph.D. in government, London School of Economics; M.A. in international relations and international economics, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University

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    Jeffrey B. Wenger

    Senior Policy Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in policy analysis, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; B.A. in mathematics, University of California, Santa Cruz

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    Brian Wong

    Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Student, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.B.A. in finance, Xavier University; B.S. in chemical engineering, University of California, Los Angeles