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Timothy A. Waidmann

Senior Fellow

Urban Institute

Timothy A. Waidmann, Ph.D., is currently a Senior Fellow in the Health Policy Center at the Urban Institute. Prior to joining the Urban Institute, Dr, Waidmann was a National Institute on Aging Post-doctoral Research Fellow in the Population Studies Center and Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan. From 1991 to 1996, Dr. Waidmann was an Assistant Professor at the Department of Public Health Policy and Administration in the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan. Dr. Waidmann’s research has focused on the economics and demography of health, disability, and retirement. In recent work he has focused on potential reforms in the Medicare program, and approaches to controlling the growth rate of health care spending more generally. He has collaborated on several projects examining the impact of deteriorating health on the retirement decisions of older adults. Much of this work examines race and socioeconomic differences in health and retirement behavior. Dr. Waidmann has also done research in the welfare economics of social insurance and on the effects of government social insurance programs on labor force behavior and health care utilization. In addition, Dr. Waidmann has collaborated on a project studying the health characteristics of young adults in impoverished areas and the effect of poor health on fertility timing decisions.

Associated Research Projects

UM18-07: Local Economic Hardship and Its Role in Life Expectancy Trends
UM17-19: The Implications of Differential Trends in Mortality for Social Security Policy
UM14-11: Differential Mortality Trends and Social Security Policy.
UM12-15: Estimates of the Potential Insurance Value of Disability Insurance for Individuals with Mental Health Impairments
UM10-02: The Social Security Early Retirement Benefit as Safety Net
UM09-01: Reconciling Findings on the Employment Impact of Disability Insurance
UM07-08: Estimating the Health Effects of Changes in Retirement Age
UM04-06: Using a Structural Retirement Model to Simulate the Effect of Changes to the OASDI and Medicare Programs
UM00-13: Disability Benefits as Social Insurance: Tradeoffs between Screening Stringency and Benefit Generosity in Optimal Program Design
UM99-Q2: Health Limitations and Early Retirement
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