Longitudinal Analysis of the Retirement Paths of Public Employees

Principal Investigator: Robert Clark, Melinda Morrill, and Robert Hammond

Sponsor: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Award Period: 12/01/2016 - 11/30/2019

Amount: $539,767

Description: Public sector workers face different retirement-related choices than typical private sector workers due to retirement benefit plan design differences. This project aims to analyze how older workers plan for retirement and how retirement plans are realized. The period of time between leaving a career job and full retirement is likely to be longer and have more phases for public workers who traditionally retire at much younger ages. Furthermore, the income security of public sector retirees is of key policy interest and concern. The objective of this project is to construct a more complete picture of the transitions between work and retirement for public sector workers and to deepen our understanding of their retirement processes.