Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

Gender Issues and Social Security Reform: Assessing the Role of Social Security and Personal Savings in Well-Being During Retirement

The adequacy of retirement savings is central to the U.S. debate about the effects of Social Security reform and pension changes that would place greater responsibility on individuals for accumulation of retirement resources. The authors examine the extent to which Social Security plays a role in the economic status of individuals as they age, specifically whether there is a gender effect on the maintenance of resource adequacy as women and men survive in retirement and experience changes in health and marital status. The authors draw conclusions about the importance of Social Security to the well-being of women and men during retirement.

Additional Info

  • Volume or issue no.: La Follette School Working Paper No. 2006-002
  • Author(s): Robert Haveman, Karen Holden, Barbara Wolfe and Andrei Romanov