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Title: The Changing Retirement Prospects of American Families: Impact of Labor Market Shifts on Economic Outcomes
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1. Crystal, Stephen
Johnson, Richard W.
The Changing Retirement Prospects of American Families: Impact of Labor Market Shifts on Economic Outcomes
Presented: Washington, DC, Population Association of America Meetings, March 1997
Cohort(s): Mature Women, Young Women
Publisher: Population Association of America
Keyword(s): Family Income; Family Size; Gender Differences; Inflation; Intergenerational Patterns/Transmission; Labor Economics; Labor Force Participation; Labor Market Outcomes; Retirement; Wages

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Changes in the labor market over the past 25 years, including overall wage stagnation and increases in inequality, may affect retirement prospects for the baby boom cohorts. Using data from National Longitudinal Surveys of Mature Women and Young Women, we compare income trajectories for families from the baby boom birth cohorts with families from earlier cohorts. Our findings suggest that the overall retirement prospects of Baby Boomers are no worse than the prospects faced by cohorts born 20 years earlier. Adjusting for inflation and differences in family size, mean family income at midlife was higher for women born after World War II than for women born in the 1920s and 1930s, primarily because of increasing labor force participation by married women and declining family sizes. However, retirement outcomes for particular subgroups, namely single men and those with limited education, are unlikely to match outcomes experienced by their parents' generation.
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Crystal, Stephen and Richard W. Johnson. "The Changing Retirement Prospects of American Families: Impact of Labor Market Shifts on Economic Outcomes." Presented: Washington, DC, Population Association of America Meetings, March 1997.