Retirement Research Consortium
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the RRC's evolution and research contributions in a series of articles in the Social Security Bulletin.
The Retirement Research Consortium (RRC) consists of three multidisciplinary centers housed in three separate institutions (Boston College, the University of Michigan, and the National Bureau of Economic Research) and is funded through cooperative agreements with the Social Security Administration. The current five-year cooperative agreements run from FY2009 through FY2013.
The RRC has three main goals:
- Research and evaluate a wide array of topics related to Social Security and retirement policy,
- Disseminate information on Social Security and retirement issues relevant to policymakers, researchers, and the general public, and
- Train scholars and practitioners in research areas relevant to Social Security and retirement issues.
To meet these goals, the centers perform many activities. They conduct research, prepare policy briefs and working papers, hold an annual conference, and provide research and training support for young scholars. Links to recent RRC research are provided below. For further information about RRC activities, affiliated institutions, or individual researchers, please visit the websites of the respective institutions:
- Center for Retirement Research at Boston College
- Michigan Retirement Research Center
- National Bureau of Economic Research
Recent RRC Research
by Norma B. Coe and Kalman Rupp
SSA Project # BC12-16
Center for Retirement Research at Boston College Working Paper 2013-10
This paper tests whether a "perceived DI lock" remains among disability beneficiaries, and whether state health insurance policies help alleviate the problem and encourage work among beneficiaries. The analysis includes both DI and SSI beneficiaries, and tests if there are differential patterns between the two programs. We exploit state variation in the access and cost of health insurance, caused by regulation of the non-group market, the existence of Medicaid buy-in programs, and Medicaid generosity, as well as detailed disability and health insurance program interactions. While overall we find little evidence of any persistent DI-lock, heterogeneity is very important in this context. Our estimates suggest that increasing health insurance access does increase the likelihood of positive earnings among a subset of disability beneficiaries. We find evidence of SSI lock among beneficiaries with some Medicaid expenditures, and that both non-group health insurance regulation and generous Medicaid eligibility help alleviate the problem. We find evidence of remaining DI lock among individuals who do not have access to supplemental health insurance outside of Medicare. Medicaid buy-in programs alleviate the remaining DI lock.
by Matthew S. Rutledge, Natalia Orlova, and Anthony Webb
SSA Project # BC12-04
Center for Retirement Research at Boston College Working Paper 2013-9