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Research Focus:

Labor Economics, Applied Econometrics, Pension Economics and Retirement

 
"Automatic Enrollment, Employer Match Rates and Employee Compensation in 401(k) Plans", 2015, Monthly Labor Review, May 2015 (earlier version: IZA Discussion Paper #8807) (with Barbara A. Butrica)
 
"Does Social Security Continue to Favor Couples?" 2015, Center for Retirement Research Working Paper #2015-11, (with April Yanyan Wu and Alicia H. Munnell)
 
"The Relationship Between Automatic Enrollment and DC Plan Contributions: Evidence from a National Survey of Older Workers", 2015, RRC Working Paper, (with Barbara Butrica)
 
"The Impact of Informal Caregiving on Older Adults' Labor Supply and Economic Resources", 2014, Policy Report, (with Barbara A. Butrica)
 
"Bridging the Gap in Pension Participation: How Much Can Universal Tax-Deferred Pension Coverage Hope to Achieve?". 2014. Journal of Pension Economics and Finance, 13(4), pp: 439-459. (earlier version, IZA Discussion Paper #7518.) (with Geoffrey Sanzenbacher)
 

Does Household Debt Influence the Labor Supply and Benefit Claiming Decisions of Older Americans?”, 2013, Working Paper, Center for Retirement Research #2013-22, (with Barbara A. Butrica).

 
“How Do Trends in Women's Labor Force Activity and Marriage Patterns Affect Social Security Replacement Rates?”, 2013, Social Security Bulletin 74(3). (earlier version, Center for Retirement Research WP#2013-16) (with April Yanyan Wu, Alicia H. Munnell, and Patrick Purcell).
 
Understanding Unusual Social Security Claiming Strategies", 2013, Journal of Financial Planning, 26(8): 40-47. (earlier version: Center for Retirement Research, WP#2009-17) (with Alicia H. Munnell and Alex Golub-Sass)
 
The Changing Causes and Consequences of Not Working before Age 62”, 2012, Retirement Policy Discussion Paper #12-03, Washington DC: Urban Institute (with Barbara A. Butrica).
 
How Would the President’s Fiscal Commission’s Social Security Proposals Affect Future Beneficiaries?”, 2011, Washington, DC: The Urban Institute. (with Melissa M. Favreault)
 

"Private Pensions and Wealth Accumulation in a Dynamic Model of Job Search and Wealth Accumulation ", 2010, Boston College (under revision)

 
Book Chapters
 
“Economics Policies on Social Security and the Elderly”, 2014, In: Payson, Steven (ed.), Public Economics in the United States: How the Federal Government Analyzes and Influences the Economy. ABC-Clio Publishing. Chapter 8: 189-211.
 
Research Briefs
 

“How Does the 401(k) Auto-enrollment Relate to the Employer Match and Total Compensation?”, 2013, Issues in Brief, Center for Retirement Research #13-14. (with Barbara A. Butrica)

 
"How Does Women Working Affect Social Security Replacement Rates?" , 2013, Issues in Brief, Center for Retirement Research #13-10 (with April Yanyuan Wu, Alicia H. Munnell, and Patrick Purcell).
 
Is Household Debt Growing for Older Americans?” , 2013, Program on Retirement Policy, Issue in Brief #33.
 
Pension Participation and Uncovered Workers ”, 2010, Issues in Brief, Center for Retirement Research, IB#10-13. (with Geoffrey Sanzenbacher)
 
Is Pension Inequality Growing? ”, 2010, Issues in Brief, Center for Retirement Research, IB#10-1.(with Geoffrey Sanzenbacher)
 

Strange But True: Claim and Suspend”, 2009, Issues in Brief, Center for Retirement Research, IB#9-11. (with Alicia H. Munnell and Alex Golub-Sass).

 

“Strange But True: Claim Social Security Now, Claim More Later” , 2009, Issues in Brief, Center for Retirement Research,IB#9-9. (with Alicia H. Munnell and Alex Golub-Sass).

 

“Strange but True: Free Loan from Social Security”, 2009, Issues in Brief, Center for Retirement Research, IB#9-6. (with Alicia H. Munnell and Alex Golub-Sass).

 
"Why Are Widows So Poor?", 2007, Issues in Brief, Center for Retirement Research, IB#7-9. (with Alicia H. Munnell).
 
Work in Progress
Educational Differences in Employment and Job Demands at Older Ages, (with Rich Johnson )
What Determines Gradual Retirement?: Differences in the Path to Retirment Between Low- and High- Educated Older Workers, (with Rich Johnson )
What Explains the Educational Differences in the Propensity to Work Among Older Adults?, (with Rich Johnson and Benjamin Southgate)