Home > Research . Search . Country . Browse . Small Grants

PSC In The News

RSS Feed icon

Clinton's and Trump's appeal to voters viewed from perspective of Neidert and Lesthaeghe's SDT framework

Stephenson assessing in-home HIV testing and counseling for male couples

Thompson says mass incarceration causes collapse of Detroit neighborhoods

Highlights

Maggie Levenstein named director of ISR's Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research

Arline Geronimus receives 2016 Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award

PSC spring 2016 newsletter: Kristin Seefeldt, Brady West, newly funded projects, ISR Runs for Bob, and more

AAUP reports on faculty compensation by category, affiliation, and academic rank

Next Brown Bag

PSC Brown Bags
will resume fall 2016

Melvin Stephens, Jr photo

Caloric Intake Changes at Retirement: Evolution Over Time

a PSC Research Project [ARCHIVE DISPLAY]

Investigator:   Melvin Stephens

Understanding whether households are adequately saving for retirement has generated much interest among economists and policymakers. Although assessing savings adequacy can be difficult due to heterogeneity in income, preferences, risk attitudes, etc. across households, economists have relied on the Life-Cycle/Permanent Income Hypothesis (LCPIH) which predicts that consumption should not fall at retirement if households correctly anticipate leaving the labor force and the associated decline in income. The literature finds that consumption expenditures generally fall at retirement in the U.S. although recent evidence finds that these changes at retirement are much larger in the 1970s than in the 1990s. A notable paper argues that consumption expenditures do not perfectly correspond to our theoretical notion of consumption and finds that caloric intake does not fall at retirement using data from the 1990s. Using numerous data sources on food intake in the 1970s and 1980s, this project examines whether the diminishing impact of retirement on consumption expenditures over time is also found for caloric intake.

Funding Period: 07/01/2011 to 06/30/2012

Country of Focus: USA

This PSC Archive record is displayed for historical reference.

Search . Browse