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Women Working Longer Pre-Conference

September 19, 2015

Claudia Goldin, Organizer

2nd Floor Conference Room
1050 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA




Friday, September 18


7:30 pm           Dinner

                        Dante Restaurant (Royal Sonesta Hotel)
40 Edwin H. Land Blvd.
Cambridge, MA

Saturday, September 19

8:15 am           Shuttle leaves Royal Sonesta Hotel for NBER

8:30 am           Continental Breakfast


8:50 am           Opening Remarks


9:00 am           Labor Force Transitions of Women over the Lifecycle, I

Claudia Goldin, Harvard University and NBER
Lawrence Katz, Harvard University and NBER

                        Women Working Longer: Facts and Some Explanations


                        Joshua Mitchell, U.S. Census Bureau

                        Experience, Tenure, and Leave-Taking of American Women


10:00 am         Break


10:15 am         Labor Force Transitions of Women over the Lifecycle, II

Annamaria Lusardi, George Washington University and NBER
Olivia Mitchell, University of Pennsylvania and NBER

Older Women’s Labor Market Attachment and Financial Security: A Cross-Cohort Perspective   


                        Maria Fitzpatrick, Cornell University and NBER

                        Teaching, Teachers Pensions and Retirement across Recent Cohorts of College Graduate Women


11:15 am         Break


11:30 am         Family Issues I: Joint Retirement and Couple Conflict

                        Janice Compton, University of Manitoba
Robert Pollak, Washington University in St. Louis and NBER

                        Survivor Benefits and Early Claiming of Social Security

Nicole Maestas, Harvard University and NBER

                        The Return to Work and Women’s Employment Decisions

12:30 pm         Lunch


1:15 pm           Family Issues II: Caregiving and Marital Stability

Sean Fahle, SUNY Buffalo
Kathleen McGarry, University of California at Los Angeles and NBER
Women Working Longer: Labor Market Implications of Providing Family Care

                        Claudia Olivetti, Boston College and NBER
Dana Rotz, Mathematica Policy Research

                        Changes in Marriage and Divorce as Drivers of Employment and Retirement of Older Women


2:15 pm           Break

2:30 pm           Social Security Regulatory Changes

Alexander Gelber, University of California at Berkeley and NBER

                        Adam Isen, Department of the Treasury
Jae Song, Social Security Administration
The Role of Social Security Benefits in the Increase of Older Women’s Employment Rate: Evidence from the Notch Cohorts

3:00 pm           Break


3:15 pm           Motivations for Later-Life Employment: Pulls and Pushes

Joanna Lahey, Texas A&M University and NBER

                        Age and Race Discrimination and Women’s Labor Force Participation

Phyllis Moen, University of Minnesota
Erik Kojola, University of Minnesota
Erin Kelly, MIT

                        Should I Stay or Should I Go? Women’s Voices on Work, Retiring, Care and Well-Being in Encore Adulthood


4:15 pm           Wrap-up

4:30 pm           Adjourn

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