Wharton Pension Research Council Working Papers

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In 1998, the Social Security Administration established the Retirement Research Consortium to encourage research on topics related to Social Security and the well-being of older Americans, and to foster communication between the academic and policy communities. The Michigan Retirement Research Center (MRRC) participated in the Consortium from its inception until 2019, when the MRRC expanded and became the Michigan Retirement and Disability Research Center. This article surveys a selection of the MRRC’s output over its second 10 years (2008–2017), summarizes its innovative use of new data sources, and highlights several key themes in the center’s research contributions.


John Laitner is a professor of economics at the University of Michigan and director of the Michigan Retirement and Disability Research Center (MRDRC). Eric French is a professor of economics at University College London, Institute for Fiscal Studies. Alan Gustman is the Loren M. Berry Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College. Michael Hurd is a senior principal researcher at RAND Corporation. Olivia S. Mitchell is the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans Professor, and the executive director of the Pension Research Council, at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Kathleen Mullen is a senior economist and the director of the Center for Disability Research at RAND. Susan Barnes is the external communications manager at the MRDRC.


Social Security, Retirement, Pensions

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J26, H55

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Published in Social Security Bulletin, Vol. 80, No. 1, 2020. Contents of this publication are not copyrighted; any items may be reprinted, but citation of the Social Security Bulletin as the source is requested. The Bulletin is available on the web at https://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/ssb/. The findings and conclusions presented in the Bulletin are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the Social Security Administration.

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Date Posted: 24 March 2020