UW–Madison’s Center for Financial Security Retirement and Disability Research Center Is Awarded Second Year of Funding to Support Research on Financial Vulnerability

U.S. Social Security Administration approves twelve major projects, half led by UW researchers.

The Center for Financial Security Retirement and Disability Research Center (CFS RDRC) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison has been awarded a second year of funding from the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA). One of just four RDRCs in the country supported by SSA, UW–Madison’s is the only one to focus specifically on the financial well-being of economically vulnerable families, older people, people with disabilities, low-wealth households, and children.

“As the newest of the RDRCs, this award is a testament both to the exceptional research and programming SSA saw us accomplish in our first year of operating and also to the SSA’s commitment to state and federal policy solutions that serve our country’s most vulnerable people and families,” says CFS Director Dr. J. Michael Collins, the Fetzer Family Chair in Consumer and Personal Science at the School of Human Ecology and Professor at the La Follette School of Public Affairs.

This year’s award funds 12 major research projects, including six by UW–Madison faculty, in addition to renewed support for the Junior Scholars in Training (JSIT) program, which instructs and mentors early-career researchers and junior faculty in the retirement and disability policy fields. Along with the overall funding renewal, CFS also announced the five scholars from the summer 2019 JSIT program who each won a $5,000 research award to seed projects they developed after their week-long summer intensive workshop in Madison. 

Researchers and projects receiving funding within the CFS RDRC for 2019-2020 are:

  • Nursing Home Use Expectations and Wealth Accumulation Among the ElderlyYang Wang, La Follette School of Public Affairs, UW–Madison; Padmaja Ayyagari, Department of Economics, University of South Florida
  • Employer Incentives in Return-to-Work Programs: Evidence from Workers’ CompensationCorina Mommaerts and Naoki Aizawa, Department of Economics, UW–Madison; Stephanie Rennane, RAND Corporation
  • Social Security Disability Insurance and Intergenerational Economic MobilityJason Fletcher, La Follette School of Public Affairs, UW–Madison; Katie Jajtner, Center for Demography of Health and Aging, UW–Madison
  • Lost and Found: Claiming Behavior in Abandoned Retirement AccountsAnita Mukherjee, School of Business, UW–Madison; Corina Mommaerts, Department of Economics, UW–Madison
  • Educational Opportunity and Patterns of Participation in SSI and DIEric Grodsky, Department of Sociology, UW–Madison; Amanda Bosky, Center for Financial Security, UW–Madison; John Robert Warren, Department of Sociology, University of Minnesota; Chandra L. Muller, Department of Sociology, University of Texas–Austin
  • Trends in Conversations about SSDI in Online ForumsNancy Wong and Lydia Ashton, School of Human Ecology, UW–Madison
  • Local Variation in Housing Assistance Programs and SSI Takeup by People with DisabilitiesErik A. Hembre, Department of Economics, University of Illinois at Chicago; Carly Urban, Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics, Montana State University
  • Declining Economic Opportunity, Rates of Opioid Overdose Mortality, and Disability ReceiptAtheendar S. Venkataramani, School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania; Rourke O’Brien, Department of Sociology, Yale University
  • The Demographics Behind Aging in Place: Implications for Supplemental Security Income Eligibility and ReceiptMary K. Hamman, University of Wisconsin–La Crosse
  • Home Ownership and Housing Debt in Retirement: Financial Asset for Consumption Smoothing or Albatross around the Neck of Retirees?Jason Fichtner, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
  • Housing Wealth and Economic Security in Retirement: Does Borrowing from Home Equity Increase Adherence to Prescription Drugs?Stephanie Moulton, John Glenn College of Public Affairs, Ohio State University; Donald Haurin, Department of Economics, Ohio State University; Cӓzilia Loibl, Department of Human Sciences, Ohio State University
  • Caregiving and Labor Force Participation: New Evidence from the Americna Time Use SurveyYulya Truskinovsky, Department of Economics, Wayne State University; Nicole Maestas, Blavatnik Institute of Medical Policy, Harvard Medical School, Harvard University