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John W. R. Phillips

Associate Commissioner

Social Security Administration

John W. R. Phillips is a labor economist at the National Institute on Aging (NIA) Division of Behavioral and Social Research.  He serves as Health Scientist Administrator for Retirement Research as well as Project Scientist for the Health and Retirement Study.  Over the course of his career, he has published research on retirement, saving, and intergenerational resource allocation.  His prior supervisory posts include Director of the Social Security Administration (SSA) Office of Policy Research and Chief of the Population and Social Process Branch at the NIA Division of Behavioral and Social Research.  Earlier in his career he served as an economist and federal project officer at SSA conducting research on retirement and directing the Retirement Research Consortium program for SSA. He completed a two-year NIA postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania where he published work on early retirement, savings shortfalls, and intergenerational transfers. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Syracuse University in 1997.

Associated Research Projects

UM12-22: Retirement in Japan and the United States: Cross-national Comparisons using the Japanese Study of Aging and Retirement (JSTAR) and the U.S. Health and Retirement Study (HRS)
UM05-01: Social Security Eligibility, Benefit Levels, and Replacement Rates in the HRS
UM04-C1: How Retirement Wealth Shortfalls Change with Age
UM02-C2: Representative versus Actual Lifetime Earnings Trajectories
UM01-C1: The Influence of Lifetime Earning Variance on Retirement Wealth
UM00-06: Applications, Denials and Appeals for Social Security Disability Insurance
UM99-01: Assessing the Impact of Changes in the Early Social Security Retirement Age
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