Retirement Security and Trends in Family Structure
(Population and Migration Issues)
*Names in bold indicate Presenter
All these changes and developments impact retirement security. While the traditional couple relied on the assets, pension and Social Security income earned only by the husband, many couples today also have access to pensions and Social Security earned on the wives’ account, improving retirement security for the family. Women’s access to their own earned retirement income is especially important for divorced women. Concurrently, the retirement security of same-sex couples is greatly improved by the legalization of same-sex marriage, by giving them access to more retirement benefits. But rising income inequality in general has likely led to greater inequality in retirement security for all of these groups.
This panel consists of 4 papers that focus on each of the changes that the traditional nuclear family has experienced over the last decades and how they affect earnings growth and retirement security. It relates to the conference theme because it includes papers that combine surveys with administrative data, and each address known measurement issues important to answering policy-relevant questions that fit in the theme Population and Migration issues, and in particular policy reactions to demographic changes, in novel ways.