Aging & Retirement

Nutrition, Wages, and Retirement

  • PSC
Nutrition, Wages, and Retirement

Project Summary

Economists and policymakers remain uncertain about the financial preparedness of the baby boomers entering retirement. Concomitantly, recent increases in the percent of overweight and obese adults suggest that these factors, known to impact employment and wages, may have important implications for their transition into retirement.

Although the literatures on retirement savings adequacy and obesity do not overlap, food intake plays a fundamental role in both of these areas. While decreases in expenditures at retirement are seen as evidence of a lack of retirement preparation, an influential recent paper using cross-sectional data from the early 1990s finds that food intake remains unchanged at retirement. The importance of food intake as a determinant of BMI, however, has not been directly exploited in the literature studying the causal effect of obesity on employment and wages.

This project aims to expand on the role of food intake in both of these literatures.

Funding

NIA

Investigators

  • Melvin Stephens Jr.

Project Period

2013-09-30 - 2015-12-31