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Project Information

Project Information


Understanding the Aging Workforce and Employment at Older Ages


Project Scope:

An ad hoc committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will undertake a study that will review and assess what is known about the aging workforce in the United States, identify gaps in current knowledge and data infrastructure, and make recommendations for future research and data collection efforts. The study will focus on the individual-level human capital and demographic characteristics associated with decisions to continue working at older ages; and on the social and structural factors, including workplace policies and conditions, that inhibit or enable employment among older workers.

Status: Current

PIN: DBASSE-CPOP-19-02

Project Duration (months): 18 month(s)

RSO: Becker, Tara

Topic(s):

Behavioral and Social Sciences
Surveys and Statistics



Geographic Focus:

Committee Membership

Committee Post Date: 04/27/2020

Susan T. Fiske - (Chair)
SUSAN T. FISKE (NAS) is Eugene Higgins professor of psychology and public affairs at Princeton University. Her research covers the investigation of social cognition, especially cognitive stereotypes and emotional prejudices, at cultural, interpersonal, and neuro-scientific levels. Dr. Fiske is best known for her efforts on the stereotype content model, ambivalent sexism theory, and on the power as control theory. She is widely published, with her work appearing in over 400 publications, and she is the winner of numerous scientific awards. Dr. Fiske was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2013 and currently chairs the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences. She also serves on several other Academies’ panels and boards. She has edited volumes on social cognition, nuclear war, racism, sexism, classism, social neuroscience, psychology in court, research ethics, and science making a difference, and she currently serves as editor for the Annual Review of Psychology, PNAS, and Policy Insights from Behavioral and Brain Sciences. She has a B.A. degree in social relations, and a Ph.D. in social psychology, both from Harvard University.
Emma Aguila
EMMA AGUILA is assistant professor at the University of Southern California Sol Price School of Public of Policy. Her research focuses on the relationship between socioeconomic status and health, and how different designs of social insurance programs affect work and retirement behavior, saving patterns, and health and well-being of vulnerable middle-aged and older adults. She has received several awards for her work on social security systems in Mexico and in 2005 she received the first prize for research in pensions from Comision Nacional del Sistema de Ahorro para el Retiro (CONSAR). Her work has appeared in such publications as The Gerontologist, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Review of Economics and Statistics. Dr. Aguila has experience designing and implementing field experiments and longitudinal surveys and she currently serves as an advisor to the Mexican Health and Aging Study (MHAS) survey in Mexico and the Social Protection Survey (EPS) in Latin America. Dr. Aguila has a B.A. degree from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de Mexico (ITAM), and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from University College London.
Peter B. Berg
PETER B. BERG is professor of employment relations and director of the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University. His research interests include the implications of an aging workforce for organizations, international comparisons of working time, and work-life flexibility policies and practices. Dr. Berg is the author of numerous articles and his work has appeared in such academic journals as ILR Review; Human Relations; and Human Resource Management Review. He is also co-author of the book Manufacturing Advantage: Why High Performance Work Systems Pay Off. Recently, he has conducted research on employee and firm outcomes in a number of industries, such as, electronics, chemical, and hospital. Dr. Berg serves on the editorial boards of ILR Review and on the international advisory board of the British Journal of Industrial Relations. He has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Notre Dame.
Axel Börsch-Supan
AXEL BÖRSCH-SUPAN leads the Munich Center for the Economics of Aging (MEA) at the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy in Munich. He also holds a professorship at the Technical University of Munich, and a research associateship at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Dr. Börsch-Supan serves as the principal investigator of the Survey of Health, Ageing, and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) and as managing director of SHARE-ERIC. He is also a member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences, a corresponding member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and a member of the MacArthur Foundation Aging Societies Network. Dr. Börsch-Supan has in the past provided consultant services to the Council of Advisors to the German Economics Ministry, the German Federal Governments’ Expert Group on Demography and German Pension Reform Commissions, and to several other ministries in Germany, as well as, the Bundesbank, governments in the EU and U.S., EU Commission, OECD, WHO, WEF, and World Bank. He has a diploma in mathematics from Bonn, Germany, and a Ph.D. in economics from MIT.
Courtney C. Coile
COURTNEY C. COILE is professor of economics at Wellesley College. She is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, where she serves as co-director of the NBER Retirement and Disability Research Center and co-director of the International Social Security project, a collaborative research project involving teams in a dozen countries. Dr. Coile is a current member of the Committee on Population at the National Academy of Sciences Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education and the data monitoring committee of the Health and Retirement Study and a former member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on the Long-run Macroeconomic Effects of the Aging U.S. Population-Phase II. Her research focuses on the economics of aging and health, with particular focus on retirement decisions, health trends, and public programs used by older and disabled populations. Dr. Coile is the author of numerous articles and book chapters, co-author of Reconsidering Retirement: How Losses and Layoffs Affect Older Workers, and co-editor of the Social Security Programs and Retirement around the World Series. She has an AB from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in economics from MIT.
Ernest Gonzales
ERNEST GONZALES is assistant professor in the Silver School of Social Work at New York University and a scholar in the areas of productive aging (employment, volunteering, and caregiving), health equity, and social policy. His research advances our understanding of the relationships between social determinants of health (e.g., race, ethnicity, gender, education, and informal caregiving), social stratification, health, and productivity, and his work has been supported by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institute on Aging, U.S. Social Security Administration, AARP Foundation, and other public and private funders. Dr. Gonzales is widely published in leading scientific journals and serves on several editorial boards. He co-chairs the American Academy of Social Work & Social Welfare’s ‘Grand Challenge on Advancing Long, Healthy, and Productive Lives’ and is a member of the Sloan Research Network on Aging & Work, Society for Social Work and Research, and the Association for Latina/o Social Work Educators. He has a Ph.D. in social work from Washington University in St. Louis.
Jacquelyn B. James
JACQUELYN B. JAMES is co-director of the Center on Aging and Work, and director of the Sloan Research Network on Aging and Work at Boston College. Dr. James is also research professor in the Lynch School of Education and a fellow in the Behavioral and Social Science Division of the Gerontological Society of America. Her research focuses on the meaning and experience of work, gender roles and stereotypes, adult development, perceptions of older workers, and emerging retirement issues. In 2019, she co-edited Current and Emerging Trends in Aging & Work. Dr. James currently serves on the editorial board of Work, Aging, and Retirement, and is co-editor of a special issue of Frontiers in Psychology, which focuses on the psychological and economic considerations in retirement decision-making. She has a Ph.D. in psychology from Boston University.
Phyllis E. Moen
PHYLLIS E. MOEN is director of the Life Course Center at the University of Minnesota, where she also holds a McKnight presidential chair and professorship of sociology. Her research focuses on macro-structural changes—demographic, technological, economic, labor market, and social—as they intersect with health, well-being, gender, class, and race across the life course. Dr. Moen has published numerous articles on work and retirement, and is the co-author of Overload: How Good Jobs Went Bad and What We Can Do about It. Two of her nine other books are award-winning: Encore Adulthood: Boomers on the Edge of Risk, Renewal, and Purpose (2016) and The Career Mystique: Cracks in the American Dream (2005). Dr. Moen is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR), and the Gerontological Society of America (GSA). She has a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Minnesota.
David Neumark
DAVID NEUMARK is distinguished professor of economics and co-director of the Center for Population, Inequality, and Policy at the University of California-Irvine. Dr. Neumark also serves as a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, and as a senior research fellow at the Workers Compensation Research Institute. He is interested in labor economics and how they intersect with public policy issues, and his work on labor market discrimination focuses on new methods of measuring discrimination. Dr. Neumark is a leading scholar on the economics of aging and age discrimination, with numerous studies on the measurement of age discrimination in labor markets and tests of alternative models of the age-earnings profile. Recently, he conducted a study on how stronger age discrimination laws complement policy reforms intended to increase labor supply of older workers, and conducted a large-scale field experiment testing for age discrimination. Dr. Neumark is actively engaged as a consultant on large, class-action discrimination lawsuits. He has M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from Harvard University.
Mo Wang
MO WANG is Lanzillotti-McKethan eminent scholar chair at the Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida. His research focuses on retirement and older worker employment, occupational health psychology, and advanced quantitative methodologies. Dr. Wang is the recipient of numerous honors, including: Academy of Management HR Division Scholarly Achievement Award; Careers Division Best Paper Award; European Commission’s Erasmus Mundus Scholarship for Work, Organizational, and Personnel Psychology; and the Emerald Group’s Outstanding Author Contribution Award. He currently serves as editor-in-chief of the journal Work, Aging, and Retirement and as associate editor of the Journal of Applied Psychology. He is also a fellow of the American Psychological Association, Association for Psychological Science, and Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and was until recently editor of the Oxford Handbook of Retirement. Dr. Wang has a Ph.D. in industrial-organizational psychology and developmental psychology from Bowling Green State University.

Committee Membership Roster Comments

Dr. David Neumark was appointed to the committee effective 4/22/2020.

Events


Event Type :  
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Description :   

This is the third meeting of the Committee on Understanding the Aging Workforce and Employment at Older Ages on August 20 and 25, 2020.

Please contact Mary Ghitelman if you wish to attend the open session on August 20, 2020 from 10:00am to 12:30pm ET.


Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Mary Ghitelman
Contact Email:  mghitelman@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-1654

Supporting File(s)
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Is it a Closed Session Event?
Some sessions are open and some sessions are closed

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Susan T. Fiske
Emma Aguila
Peter B. Berg
Axel Börsch-Supan
Courtney C. Coile
Ernest Gonzales
Jacquelyn B. James
Phyllis E. Moen
David Neumark
Mo Wang

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-

Event Type :  
TeleConference

Description :   

This is a follow-up meeting to the second meeting of the Committee on Understanding the Aging Workforce and Employment at Older Ages


Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Mary Ghitelman
Contact Email:  mghitelman@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-1654

Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Susan T. Fiske
Emma Aguila
Peter B. Berg
Axel Börsch-Supan
Courtney C. Coile
Ernest Gonzales
Jacquelyn B. James
Phyllis E. Moen
David Neumark
Mo Wang

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-

Event Type :  
TeleConference

Description :   

The purpose of this meeting is to serve as an information gathering session for the Committee to Understand the Aging Workforce and Employment at Older Ages to aid in the preparation of their report. This meeting will cover a diverse range of topics that touch on the role of individual and family characteristics, needs, and finances; workplace conditions and experiences; labor force opportunities; and public policy in the employment experiences of older workers.

Please contact Mary Ghitelman if you wish to attend.


Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Mary Ghitelman
Contact Email:  mghitelman@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-1654

Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Some sessions are open and some sessions are closed

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Susan T. Fiske
Emma Aguila
Peter B. Berg
Axel Börsch-Supan
Courtney C. Coile
Ernest Gonzales
Jacquelyn B. James
Phyllis E. Moen
David Neumark
Mo Wang

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-

Event Type :  
TeleConference

Description :   

This is an interim meeting (between meetings 1 and 2) of the Committee on Understanding the Aging Workforce and Employment at Older Ages. This meeting was closed in its entirety. 


Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Mary Ghitelman
Contact Email:  mghitelman@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-1654

Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Susan T. Fiske
Emma Aguila
Peter Berg
Axel Börsch-Supan
Courtney C. Coile
Ernest Gonzales
Jacquelyn B. James
Phyllis E. Moen
David Neumark
Mo Wang

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-

Event Type :  
TeleConference

Description :   

First meeting of the Committee on Understanding the Aging Workforce and Employment at Older Ages.


Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Mary Ghitelman
Contact Email:  mghitelman@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-1654

Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Some sessions are open and some sessions are closed

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Susan Fiske
Emma Aguila
Peter Berg
Axel Börsch-Supan
Courtney Coile
Ernest Gonzales
Jacquelyn James
Phyllis Moen
Mo Wang

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

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