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May 30, 2014

CAAR – US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General Report – May 30, 2014

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State Requirements for Conducting Background Checks on Home Health Agency Employees,” (OEI-07-14-00131, May 2014, .pdf format, 10p.).

oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-07-14-00131.asp

CAAR – Urban Institute Report – May 30, 2014

Filed under: Reports and Articles — Tags: — admin @ 4:57 pm

How Will Rhode Island’s New Hybrid Pension Plan Affect Teachers?” by Richard W. Johnson, Barbara Butrica, Owen Haaga, and Benjamin G. Southgate (May 2014, .pdf format, 28p.).

www.urban.org/publications/413137.html

CAAR – Public Library of Science (PLoS) Article – May 30, 2014

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APOE {epsilon}4 Is Associated with Disproportionate Progressive Hippocampal Atrophy in AD,” by Emily N. Manning, Josephine Barnes, David M. Cash, Jonathan W. Bartlett, Kelvin K. Leung, Sebastien Ourselin, and Nick C. Fox 1 for the Alzheimer’s Disease NeuroImaging Initiative ( PLoS ONE 9(5): e97608. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0097608, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 9p.).

www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0097608

CAAR – Statistics Netherlands Article – May 30, 2014

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Pension gender gap still considerable,” (May 29, 2014).

www.cbs.nl/en-GB/menu/themas/inkomen-bestedingen/publicaties/artikelen/archief/2014/2014-4072-wm.htm

May 29, 2014

CAAR – US Social Security Administration, Research, Statistics, & Policy Periodicals, Report – May 29, 2014

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A. SSI Monthly Statistics, April 2014 (May 2014, .pdf and HTML format).

www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/ssi_monthly/2014-04/index.html

B. Social Security Bulletin (Vol. 74, No. 2, May 2014, .pdf and HTML format, 46p.).

www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/ssb/v74n2/index.html

C. “Earnings and Employment Data for Workers Covered Under Social Security and Medicare, by State and County, 2011,” (May 2014, .pdf, HTML, and Excel format, 455p.).

www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/eedata_sc/2011/index.html

CAAR – Employee Benefit Research Institute Periodical – May 29, 2014

Filed under: Reports and Articles — Tags: , — admin @ 4:10 pm

EBRI Notes (Vol. 35, No. 5, May 2014, .pdf format, 10p.). Note: The title article in this issue is “Trends in Health Coverage for Part-Time Workers, 1999-2012,” by Paul Fronstin; and, “Take it or Leave it? The Disposition of DC Accounts: Who Rolls Over into an IRA? Who Leaves Money in the Plan and Who Withdraws Cash?” by Sudipto Banerjee.

www.ebri.org/publications/notes/index.cfm?fa=notesDisp&content_id=5396

CAAR – Public Library of Science (PLoS) Articles – May 29, 2014

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A. “Characterization of Aging-Associated Cardiac Diastolic Dysfunction,” by Wei-Ting Chang, Jung-San Chen, Yung-Kung Hung, Wei-Chuan Tsai, Jer-Nan Juang, and Ping-Yen Liu (PLoS ONE 9(5): e97455. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0097455, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 10p.).

www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0097455

B. “Objectively Assessed Physical Activity and Subsequent Health Service Use of UK Adults Aged 70 and Over: A Four to Five Year Follow Up Study,” by Bethany Simmonds, Kenneth Fox, Mark Davis, Po-Wen Ku, Selena Gray, Melvyn Hillsdon, Debbie Sharp, Afroditi Stathi, Janice Thompson, Joanna Coulson, and Tanya Trayers (PLoS ONE 9(5): e97676. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0097676, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 9p.).

www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0097676

CAAR – Conferencealerts.Com Palliative Care – May 29, 2014

Filed under: Conferences — Tags: — admin @ 4:07 pm

Nov. 20-21, 2014 “7th International Congress on Innovations in Nursing” (Perth, Australia).

www.conferencealerts.com/topic-listing?topic=Palliative%20Care

CAAR – US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General Reports – May 29, 2014

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A. “Medicare Inappropriately Paid Hospitals’ Inpatient Claims Subject to the Postacute Care Transfer Policy” (A-09-13-02036, May 2014, .pdf format, 11p.).

oig.hhs.gov/oas/reports/region9/91302036.asp

B. “Improper Payments for Evaluation and Management Services Cost Medicare Billions in 2010” (OEI-04-10-00181, May 2014, .pdf format, 40p.).

oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-04-10-00181.asp

May 28, 2014

CAAR – Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Report – May 28, 2014

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Future housing and support needs of people with dementia,” by Michelle Gabriel, Christine Stirling, Debbie Faulkner and Barbara Lloyd (AHURI Positioning Paper No. 159, May 2014, .pdf format, 53p.).

www.ahuri.edu.au/publications/projects/p41022

May 27, 2014

CAAR – US Government Accountability Office Report – May 27, 2014

Filed under: Reports and Articles — Tags: — admin @ 4:38 pm

Retirement Security: Challenges for Those Claiming Social Security Benefits Early and New Health Coverage Options,” (GAO-14-311, April 2014, .pdf format, 75p.).

www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-311

CAAR – Nature Neuroscience Article Abstract – May 27, 2014

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Mitochondrial oxidant stress in locus coeruleus is regulated by activity and nitric oxide synthase,” by Javier Sanchez-Padilla, Jaime N. Guzman, Ema Ilijic, Jyothisri Kondapalli, Daniel J. Galtieri, Ben Yang, Simon Schieber, Wolfgang Oertel, David Wokosin, Paul T. Schumacker & D. James Surmeier (Vol. 17, No. 6, June 2014, p. 832-840).

www.nature.com/neuro/journal/v17/n6/abs/nn.3717.html

CAAR – Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Article Abstract – May 27, 2014

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Solution conditions determine the relative importance of nucleation and growth processes in {alpha}-synuclein aggregation,” by Alexander K. Buell, Celine Galvagnion, Ricardo Gaspar, Emma Sparr, Michele Vendruscolo, Tuomas P. J. Knowles, Sara Linse, and Christopher M. Dobson (Vol. 111, No. 21, May 27, 2014, .pdf and HTML format, p. 7671-7676). Note: PNAS is providing open access to the full-text of this article.

www.pnas.org/content/111/21/7671.abstract

CAAR – Max Plank International Research Network on Aging Position Announcement – May 27, 2014

Filed under: Employment/Funding Opportunities — Tags: , — admin @ 4:35 pm

The MaxNetAging Research School (MNARS) is seeking applications for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships,” (May 2014, .pdf format, 1p.). The deadline for applications is July 25, 2014.

www.maxnetaging.mpg.de/en/announcements/MaxNetAging2015.pdf

CAAR – US National Institutes of Health Alzheimer’s Disease and Education Referral Center Periodical – May 27, 2014

Filed under: Reports and Articles — Tags: — admin @ 4:11 pm

Connections (Spring 2014).

www.nia.nih.gov/alzheimers/connections

CAAR – Tables of Contents – May 27, 2014

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American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 179, No. 10, 11, May 15, Jun. 1, 2014)

May 15:

aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/179/10.toc

Jun. 1:

aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/179/11.toc

Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics (Vol. 59, No. 1, July-August 2014).

www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/01674943/59/1

Journal of Parkinson’s Disease (Vol. 4, No. 2, 2014).

iospress.metapress.com/content/g12267x0m7w8/

Research on Aging (Vol. 36, No. 4, July 2014).

roa.sagepub.com/content/36/4?etoc

Rotman International Journal of Pension Management (Vol. 7, No. 1, Spring 2014).

www.rijpm.com/journal/journal

CAAR – Wisconsin Department of Health Services Report – May 27, 2014

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“Wisconsin Life Expectancy Tables (Abridged Three-Year Life Tables)” (May 2014). Tables have been updated through 2010-2012.

www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/stats/1012life.htm

CAAR – Boston College Center for Retirement Research Issue Brief – May 27, 2014

Filed under: Reports and Articles — Tags: — admin @ 3:38 pm

“What We Know About Health Reform in Massachusetts,” by Geoffrey T. Sanzenbacher (IB#14-9, May 2014, .pdf format, 8p.).

crr.bc.edu/briefs/what-we-know-about-health-reform-in-massachusetts/

CAAR – US National Institutes of Health News Release – May 27, 2014

Filed under: Reports and Articles — Tags: — admin @ 2:33 pm

“Structured physical activity program can help maintain mobility in vulnerable older people” (May 27, 2014).

www.nih.gov/news/health/may2014/nia-27.htm

CAAR – National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper – May 27, 2014

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“Are Americans and Indians More Altruistic than the Japanese and Chinese? Evidence from a New International Survey of Bequest Plans,” by Charles Yuji Horioka (w20158, May 2014, .pdf format, 39p.).

Abstract:

This paper discusses three alternative assumptions concerning household preferences (altruism, self- interest, and a desire for dynasty building) and shows that these assumptions have very different implications for bequest motives and bequest division. After reviewing some of the literature on actual bequests, bequest motives, and bequest division, the paper presents data on the strength of bequest motives, stated bequest motives, and bequest division plans from a new international survey conducted in China, India, Japan, and the United States. It finds striking inter-country differences in bequest plans, with the bequest plans of Americans and Indians appearing to be much more consistent with altruistic preferences than those of the Japanese and Chinese and the bequest plans of the Japanese and Chinese appearing to be much more consistent with selfish preferences than those of Americans and Indians. These findings have important implications for the efficacy and desirability of stimulative fiscal policies, public pensions, and inheritance taxes.

www.nber.org/papers/w20158

CAAR – US Social Security Administration, Research, Statistics, & Policy Periodical – May 27, 2014

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International Update, May 2014 (May 2014, HTML and .pdf format, 4p.).

www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/progdesc/intl_update/2014-05/index.html

May 23, 2014

CAAR – Tennessee Department of Health Report – May 23, 2014

Filed under: Reports and Articles — Tags: — admin @ 4:09 pm

Nursing Home Trends, 2012,” (May 2014, .pdf format, 4p.).

health.state.tn.us/statistics/PdfFiles/TnNursingHomeTrends2012.pdf

May 22, 2014

CAAR – US National Institute on Aging Press Release – May 22, 2014

Filed under: Reports and Articles — Tags: — admin @ 4:38 pm

Number of Alzheimer’s deaths found to be underreported,” (May 22, 2014).

www.nia.nih.gov/research/announcements/2014/05/number-alzheimers-deaths-found-be-underreported

CAAR – US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation Report – May 22, 2014

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Impacts of Waiting Periods for Home and Community-Based Services on Consumers and Medicaid Long-Term Care Costs in Iowa,” by Greg Peterson, Randy Brown, Allison Barrett, Beny Wu and Christal Stone Valenzano (January 2014, .pdf and HTML format, 43p.).

aspe.hhs.gov/daltcp/reports/2014/IAWaitPd.shtml

CAAR – Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) [University of Bonn, Germany] Working Paper – May 22, 2014

Filed under: Working Papers — Tags: — admin @ 4:36 pm

Coresidency, Ethnicity, and Happiness of China’s Rural Elders,” by Rachel Connelly, Michael Iannotti, Margaret Maurer-Fazio, and Dandan Zhang (Discussion Paper No. 8194, May 2014, .pdf format, 28p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

www.iza.org/en/webcontent/publications/papers/viewAbstract?dp_id=8194

CAAR – World Bank Policy Research Programme Working Paper – May 22, 2014

Filed under: Working Papers — Tags: — admin @ 4:28 pm

Proving incentives for long-term investment by pension funds — the use of outcome-based benchmarks,” by Fiona Stewart (WPS 6885, May 2014, .pdf and ASCII text format, 26p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

econ.worldbank.org/external/default/main?pagePK=64165259&theSitePK=469382&piPK=64165421&menuPK=64166093&entityID=000158349_20140521164304

CAAR – US House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health Hearing Testimony – May 22, 2014

Filed under: Legislation Information Updates — Tags: — admin @ 4:27 pm

Keeping the Promise: Site of Service Medicare Payment Reforms,” a hearing held May 21, 2014 (witness statements available in .pdf format, video of the full hearing available at the site, running time 2 hours 32 minutes).

energycommerce.house.gov/hearing/keeping-promise-site-service-medicare-payment-reforms

CAAR – Public Library of Science (PLoS) Articles – May 22, 2014

Filed under: Reports and Articles — Tags: — admin @ 4:26 pm

A. “Risk for Femoral Fractures in Parkinson’s Disease Patients with and without Severe Functional Impairment,” by Petra Benzinger, Kilian Rapp, Walter Maetzler, Hans-Helmut Konig, Andrea Jaensch, Jochen Klenk, and Gisela Buchele (PLoS ONE 9(5): e97073. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0097073, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 7p.).

www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0097073

B. “Parkinson’s Disease Subtypes Show a Specific Link between Dopaminergic and Glucose Metabolism in the Striatum,” by Carsten Eggers, Frank Schwartz, David J. Pedrosa, Lutz Kracht, and Lars Timmermann (PLoS ONE 9(5): e96629. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0096629, XML, HTML, and .pdf format, 7p.).

www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0096629

May 21, 2014

CAAR – US House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care and Entitlements Hearing Testimony – May 21, 2014

Filed under: Legislation Information Updates — Tags: — admin @ 4:53 pm

Medicare Mismanagement: Oversight of the Federal Government Effort to Recapture Misspent Funds,” a hearing held May 20, 2014 (witness statements available in .pdf format, video of the full hearing available at the site, running time 2 hours 22 minutes).

oversight.house.gov/hearing/medicare-mismanagement-oversight-federal-government-effort-recapture-misspent-funds/

CAAR – US Senate Committee on Finance, Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions, and Family Policy Hearing Testimony – May 21, 2014

Filed under: Legislation Information Updates — Tags: — admin @ 4:52 pm

Strengthening Social Security to Meet the Needs of Tomorrow’s Retirees,” a hearing held May 21, 2014. (witness statements available in .pdf format, video of the full hearing available at the site, running time 1 hour 48 minutes). Note: Hearing begins at the 23:20 mark.

www.finance.senate.gov/hearings/hearing/?id=cf45de9e-5056-a032-52c0-ec9e83aa3e6a

CAAR – US Senate Special Committee on Aging Hearing Testimony – May 21, 2014

Filed under: Legislation Information Updates — Tags: — admin @ 4:51 pm

Continuing the Conversation: The Role of Health Care Providers in Advance Care Planning,” a hearing held May 21, 2014 (witness statements available in .pdf format, video of the full hearing available at the site, running time 1 hour 41 minutes). Note: Hearing begins at the 9:03 mark.

www.aging.senate.gov/hearings/continuing-the-conversation_the-role-of-health-care-providers-in-advance-care-planning

CAAR – Employee Benefit Research Institute Issue Brief – May 21, 2014

Filed under: Reports and Articles — Tags: — admin @ 4:50 pm

Individual Retirement Account Balances, Contributions, and Rollovers, 2012; With Longitudinal Results 2010-2012: The EBRI IRA Database,” by Craig Copeland (EBRI Issue Brief No. 399, May 2014, .pdf format, 32p.).

www.ebri.org/publications/ib/index.cfm?fa=ibDisp&content_id=5393

CAAR – Center for Retirement Research at Boston College Working Paper – May 21, 2014

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The Effect of Increasing Earnings Dispersion on Social Security Payroll Tax Receipts,” by Richard W. Kopcke, Zhenyu Li and Anthony Webb (WP No. 2014-6, May 2014, .pdf format, 49p.). Note: Links to the abstract and full-text can be found at:

crr.bc.edu/working-papers/the-effect-of-increasing-earnings-dispersion-on-social-security-payroll-tax-receipts/

CAAR – National Foundation to End Senior Hunger Report – May 21, 2014

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State of Senior Hunger in America 2012: An Annual Report,” by James P. Ziliak and Craig Gundersen (May 2014, .pdf format, 18p.).

Report:

www.nfesh.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/State-of-Senior-Hunger-in-America-2012.pdf

State Rankings:

www.nfesh.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/worst-to-best-states.pdf

Supplement:

www.nfesh.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/NFESH-2014-Report-_Supplement_013114.pdf

CAAR – Table of Contents – May 21, 2014

Filed under: Journal Table of Contents — Tags: — admin @ 4:48 pm

Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease (Vol. 40, No. 4, May 2014).

iospress.metapress.com/content/vt3q124530qw/?v=editorial

May 20, 2014

CAAR – US House Committee on Ways and Means Hearing Testimony – May 20, 2014

Filed under: Legislation Information Updates — Tags: — admin @ 4:51 pm

Hearing on Current Hospital Issues in the Medicare Program,” a hearing held May 20, 2014 (witness statements available in .pdf format).

waysandmeans.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=379825

CAAR – Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research Data/National Archive of Criminal Justice Data – May 20, 2014

Filed under: Data Files — Tags: , — admin @ 4:50 pm

ICPSR’s National Archive of Criminal Justice Data announced the release of the following new dataset that may be of interest to researchers of aging on May 19, 2014. Note: Some ICPSR studies are available only to ICPSR member institutions. To find out whether your organization is a member, and whether or not it supports ICPSR Direct downloading, see:

www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/membership/administration/institutions

Testing a Model of Domestic Abuse Against Elder Women and Barriers to Help-Seeking in Miami-Dade County, Florida, 2006 (study no. 27891). Note: Part of this data file is available on a restricted use basis.

www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/NACJD/studies/27981/version/1

CAAR – UK Parliamentary Briefing Paper – May 20, 2014

Filed under: Reports and Articles — Tags: — admin @ 4:49 pm

Guaranteed Minimum Pension – annual increases,” by Djuna Thurley (SN04956, May 2014, .pdf format, 5p.).

www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/SN04956/guaranteed-minimum-pension-annual-increases

CAAR – Lancet Neurology Article Abstract – May 20, 2014

Filed under: Reports and Articles — Tags: — admin @ 4:48 pm

Efficacy of occupational therapy for patients with Parkinson’s disease: a randomised controlled trial,” by Ingrid H. W. M. Sturkenboom, Maud J. L. Graff, Jan C. M. Hendriks, Yvonne Veenhuizen, Marten Munneke, Bastiaan R. Bloem, and Maria W. Nijhuis-van der Sanden, for the OTiP study group (Vol. 13, No. 6, June 2014, p. 557-566).

www.thelancet.com/journals/laneur/article/PIIS1474-4422(14)70055-9/abstract

CAAR – Demographic Research Article – May 20, 2014

Filed under: Reports and Articles — Tags: — admin @ 4:47 pm

The pace of aging: Intrinsic time scales in demography,” by Tomasz Wrycza and Annette Baudisch (Vol. 30, Article 57, May 2014, .pdf format, p. 1571-1590).

www.demographic-research.org/volumes/vol30/57/default.htm

CAAR – International Longevity Centre [UK] Report – May 20, 2014

Filed under: Reports and Articles — Tags: — admin @ 4:46 pm

Four things we learned from the Wealth and Assets Survey,” by Ben Franklin (May 2014, .pdf format, 7p.).

www.ilcuk.org.uk/index.php/publications/publication_details/four_things_we_learned_from_the_wealth_and_assets_survey

CAAR – Table of Contents – May 20, 2014

Filed under: Journal Table of Contents — Tags: — admin @ 4:45 pm

Medical Care (Vol. 52, No. 6, June 2014).

journals.lww.com/lww-medicalcare/pages/currenttoc.aspx

May 19, 2014

CAAR – University of Wisconsin Center for Demography and Ecology Working Paper – May 19, 2014

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The Relationship between Obesity and Diabetes among Mexican Elderly: Results from MHAS 2001-2014,” by Guido Pinto (Working Paper No. 2014-04, 2014, .pdf format, 21p.).

Abstract:

Objective. To assess the magnitude of the relationship between obesity and type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) among Mexican elderly population. Material and

Methods. Data from the 2001, 2003, and 2012 Mexican Health and Aging Study (MHAS) was used and estimates were obtained using multivariate logit regression methods for panel data.

Results. Logit models produced positive, strong, and significant estimates of the relationship between obesity and T2DM at the population-level, after adjusting for respondent’s individual traits and thus, show that obese individuals, particularly those with abdominal obesity, are more likely to develop diabetes.

Conclusion. The empirical findings gleaned in this paper provide additional evidence of the role of obesity as the primary driver of diabetes. This means that reductions in obesity rates, especially waist obesity, may lead to important declines in morbidity and mortality from diabetes, which consequently may lead to cost reductions for the health system.

www.ssc.wisc.edu/cde/cdewp/2014-04.pdf

CAAR – National Research Council Monograph – May 19, 2014

Filed under: Books — Tags: , — admin @ 4:37 pm

Hearing Loss and Healthy Aging: Workshop Summary, Tracy A. Lustig and Steve Olson, Rapporteur (National Academies Press, 978-0-309-30226-5, .pdf and OpenBook format, 120p.). Ordering information for a print copy is available at athe site. Note: NAP requires free registration before providing a .pdf copy.

www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=18735

CAAR – National Bureau of Economic Research Working Papers – May 19, 2014

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A. “Social Security Programs and Retirement Around the World: Disability Insurance Programs and Retirement – Introduction and Summary,” by Courtney Coile, Kevin S. Milligan, and David A. Wise (w20120, May 2014, .pdf format, 49p.).

Abstract:

This is the introduction and summary to the sixth phase of an ongoing project on Social Security Programs and Retirement Around the World. The first phase described the retirement incentives inherent in plan provisions and documented the strong relationship across countries between social security incentives to retire and the proportion of older persons out of the labor force. The second phase documented the large effects that changing plan provisions would have on the labor force participation of older workers. The third phase demonstrated the consequent fiscal implications that extending labor force participation would have on net program costs–reducing government social security benefit payments and increasing government tax revenues. The fourth phase presented analyses of the relationship between the labor force participation of older persons and the labor force participation of younger persons in twelve countries. We found no evidence that increasing the employment of older persons will reduce the employment opportunities of youth and no evidence that increasing the employment of older persons will increase the unemployment of youth. The fifth phase on “Historical Trends in Mortality and Health, Employment, and Disability Insurance Participation and Reforms” was intended to set the stage for this current phase.

This sixth phase of the ongoing ISS project is particularly related to the fifth phase (Wise, 2012) and the second phase (Gruber and Wise, 2004) of the project. This volume continues the focus of the previous volume on DI programs while extending the methodology to study retirement behavior used in the second phase to focus in particular on the effects of the DI programs. The key question this volume seeks to address is: given health status, to what extent are differences in labor force participation across countries determined by the provisions of disability insurance programs?

www.nber.org/papers/w20120

B. “Pathways to Retirement and the Role of Financial Incentives in Sweden,” by Per Johansson, Lisa Laun, and Mårten Palme (w20123, May 2014, .pdf format, 42p.).

Abstract

We study how economic incentives affect labor force exit through different income security programs, old-age pensions as well as income taxes in Sweden. We use the option value for staying in the labor force as a measure of economic incentives and estimate an econometric model for the choice of leaving the labor market. Besides old-age pension, we focus on the Disability Insurance (DI), which is the most important exit path before age 65. By simulating the effect of different probabilities to be admitted DI we show how changes in the stringency of DI admittance affects labor supply among older workers through economic incentives.

www.nber.org/papers/w20123

B. “Accounting and Actuarial Smoothing of Retirement Payouts in Participating Life Annuities,” by Raimond Maurer, Olivia S. Mitchell, Ralph Rogalla, and Ivonne Siegelin (w20124, May 2014, .pdf format, 43p.).

Abstract:

Life insurers use accounting and actuarial techniques to smooth reporting of firm assets and liabilities, seeking to transfer surpluses in good years to cover benefit payouts in bad years. Nevertheless, these techniques been criticized as they make it difficult to assess insurers’ true financial status. We develop stylized and realistically-calibrated models of participating lifetime annuities, an insurance product that pays retirees guaranteed lifelong benefits along with variable non-guaranteed surplus. Our goal is to illustrate how accounting and actuarial techniques for this type of financial contract shape policyholder wellbeing, along with insurer profitability and stability. Smoothing adds value to both the annuitant and the insurer, so curtailing smoothing could undermine the market for long-term retirement payout products.

www.nber.org/papers/w20124

C. “Financial Knowledge and 401(k) Investment Performance,” by Robert L. Clark, Annamaria Lusardi, and Olivia S. Mitchell (w20137, May 2014, .pdf format, 27p.).

Abstract:

Using a unique new dataset linking administrative data on investment performance and financial knowledge, we examine whether investors who are more financially knowledgeable earn more on their retirement plan investments, compared to their less sophisticated counterparts. We find that risk-adjusted annual expected returns are 130 basis points higher for the most financially knowledgeable employees, and those scoring higher on our Financial Knowledge Index have slightly more volatile portfolios while they do no better diversifying their portfolios than their peers. Overall, financial knowledge does appear to help people invest more profitably; this may provide a rationale for efforts to enhance financial knowledge in the population at large.

www.nber.org/papers/w20137

CAAR – UK Data Archive Announcement, Update – May 19, 2014

Filed under: Data Files — Tags: , — admin @ 12:49 pm

A. “UK Data Service makes 2011 Census statistics available to all” (Apr. 11, 2014).

census.ukdataservice.ac.uk/news-and-events/newsitem/?id=3761

B. The UK Data Archive has recently added the following dataset to its holdings. Note: There may be charges or licensing requirements on holdings of the UK Data Archive. For more information see:

www.data-archive.ac.uk/

SN 7056 Retirement Through Redundancy, 1984-1985

discover.ukdataservice.ac.uk/catalogue?sn=7056

May 16, 2014

CAAR – US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation Report – May 16, 2014

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Identifying Medicare Beneficiaries with Disabilities: Improving on Claims-Based Algorithms,” by Yonatan Ben-Shalom and David Stapleton (January 2014, .pdf and HTML format, 39p.).

aspe.hhs.gov/daltcp/reports/2014/algorithm.shtml

CAAR – Kaiser Family Foundation Issue Brief – May 16, 2014

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Money Follows the Person Demonstration Program: Helping Medicaid Beneficiaries Move Back Home,” by Molly O’Malley Watts, Erica L. Reaves and MaryBeth Musumeci (May 2014, .pdf format, 5p.).

kff.org/medicaid/issue-brief/money-follows-the-person-demonstration-program-helping-medicaid-beneficiaries-move-back-home/

CAAR – World Health Organization Compendium – May 16, 2014

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World Health Statistics 2014, (May 2014, .pdf format, 177p.).

www.who.int/gho/publications/world_health_statistics/2014/en/

May 15, 2014

CAAR – US National Institute on Aging Press Release – May 15, 2014

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Geroscience Recommendations, Summaries Available,” (May 15, 2014).

www.nia.nih.gov/newsroom/announcements/2014/05/geroscience-recommendations-summaries-available

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