Brief How Many Struggle to Get by In Retirement?
Barbara Butrica, Dan Murphy, Sheila R. Zedlewski
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This paper uses data from the 2004 Health and Retirement Study to demonstrate how the poverty rate of adults 65 and older changes using alternative resource and threshold measures. Results show that alternative poverty measures that account for health spending produce higher poverty rates than the official measure, even those that include the value of housing and financial assets. Poverty remains concentrated among singles (disproportionately women), blacks and Hispanics, and adults 85 and older regardless of how it is measured because these populations have relatively little housing equity or financial assets.
Research Areas Aging and retirement
Tags Economic well-being Retirement policy
Policy Centers Income and Benefits Policy Center