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Volume 17, Issue 3 - September 2017

Director’s corner

The 19th Annual Meeting of the Retirement Research Consortium met August 3 and 4, at The National Press Club. The meeting was well attended and featured 21 RRC project presentations, each with a discussant. The discussants often have Washington experience and provide interesting perspectives on the research papers.

The session topics included health and retirement, family ties and transfers during retirement, portfolio knowledge and outcomes, Social Security claiming and rules changes, and how working conditions and job characteristics affect careers. The lunchtime speakers were economist Peter Diamond, a Nobel Memorial Prize laureate from MIT, and Keith Hall, director of the Congressional Budget Office.

Mark Warshawsky, the new Social Security Administration deputy commissioner for Retirement and Policy, gave the welcoming remarks. Warshawsky joins the SSA with a distinguished background from both government and private sector positions.

His remarks touched upon a number of topics for current and future research, including resource adequacy in retirement, labor force participation rates, the Social Security statement and its role in household planning, annuitization of retirement resources, and the role of the SSDI system. This is a wide ranging agenda of interests, and the MRRC looks forward to working on these and related subjects going forward.

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