Barbara A. Butrica

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part of a consortium that includes a parallel centers at the University of Michigan and the National Bureau of Economic Research, was established in 1998 through a grant from the Social Security Administration. The goals of the Center are to promote research on retirement issues, to transmit new findings to the policy community and the public, to help train(More)
Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data. The findings and conclusions expressed are solely those of the authors and do not represent the views of SSA, any agency of the federal government, the RRC, BLS, the Urban Institute, or Boston College. The authors would like to thank Keenan Dworak-Fisher for instrumental help in gaining access to and using the data(More)
A crosscutting team of Urban Institute experts in Social Security, labor markets, savings behavior, tax and budget policy, and micro-simulation modeling ponder the aging of American society. The aging of America raises many questions about what's in store for future and current retirees and whether society can sustain current systems that support the(More)
This article uses a microsimulation model to estimate how freezing all remaining private-sector and one-third of all public-sector defined benefit (DB) pension plans over the next 5 years would affect retirement incomes of baby boomers. If frozen plans were supplemented with new or enhanced defined contribution (DC) retirement plans, there would be more(More)
A crosscutting team of Urban Institute experts in Social Security, labor markets, savings behavior, tax and budget policy, and micro-simulation modeling ponder the aging of American society. The aging of America raises many questions about what's in store for future and current retirees and whether society can sustain current systems that support the(More)
PURPOSE This study compared the official poverty rate for adults aged 65 years and older with alternative measures that portray the true resources and needs of older adults. DESIGN AND METHODS The analysis used data from the 2004 Health and Retirement Study on income, assets, in-kind transfers, and out-of-pocket medical expenses. It also incorporated the(More)
A crosscutting team of Urban Institute experts in Social Security, labor markets, savings behavior, tax and budget policy, and microsimulation modeling ponder the aging of American society. The aging of America raises many questions about what's in store for future and current retirees and whether society can sustain current systems that support the retired(More)
OBJECTIVES The impending retirement of boomers has spurred interest in tapping their productive energies to benefit society. This study examined volunteer transitions among older adults to understand the factors that affect volunteer dynamics. METHODS Using data from the Health and Retirement Study, the analysis examined entries into and exits from formal(More)
According to data tracked by the Federal Reserve System's Board of Governors, Americans' indebtedness increased dramatically from the late 1980s until just before the Great Recession. median value of debt for families with debt was $70,700, with debt payments accounting for about 18 percent of their disposable income (Bricker et al. 2012). Indebtedness(More)