Retirement and Retirement Benefits


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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    You're Never Too Young to Plan for Retirement

    Sep 2, 2016

    Saving early for retirement is critical, but it's also important to stay on track during job changes. Younger workers tend to change jobs often, and if they cash out of their plans with each position, that can affect their long-term savings.

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    Why Unretirement Is Working for Older Americans

    Mar 6, 2018

    Significant numbers of older Americans move in and out of the workforce. One in five workers today is 55 or older. By 2024, that number will be one in four. Older workers report having more meaningful work and more workplace flexibility than their younger peers.

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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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    David Knapp

    Economist; Affiliate Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in economics, University of Michigan; M.A. in economics, University of Michigan; B.S. in economics, The Ohio State University; B.A. in political science, The Ohio State University

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    Jinkook Lee

    Senior Economist
    Education Ph.D. in family economics, Ohio State University

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    Italo Lopez Garcia

    Education Ph.D. in economics, University College London; M.Sc. in economics, University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona; B.Sc. in industrial engineering, Catholic University of Valparaiso, Chile

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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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    Kathleen J. Mullen

    Senior Economist; Director, RAND Center for Disability Research; Editor-in-Chief, RAND Journal of Economics
    Education Ph.D. in economics, University of Chicago

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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

    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