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  • Author(s):
    Wei Sun, Sung David Chun, Karen Richman, Justin Sena
    Abstract:

    Interdisciplinary study of how and whether gender influences Latinos’ savings for retirement. Third phrase of project examining the structural-economic factors limiting Latinos’ eligibility to participate in pension savings programs and social and cultural reasons affecting participation (See La Tercera Edad: Latinos’ Pensions, Retirement and Impact on Families (2008) and Confianza, Savings and Retirement: A Study of Mexican Immigrants in Chicago (2012). Analyzes data from U.S. Ce…

    Date Created:
    2015-12-01
    Resource Type
    Report
  • Author(s):
    Karen Richman
    Abstract:

    Study of Latino retirees and working adults in Chicago reveals lack of preparedness for retirement and anxiety about future. Reveals immigrant elders expect family networks to support them in old age, but U.S.-born children may not share these expectations and/or may not be able to fulfill them.

    Date Created:
    2007-01-12
    Resource Type
    Report
  • Author(s):
    Wei Sun, Teresa Ghilarducci, Karen Richman
    Abstract:

    This study advances the current literature on Latinos? pension participation by separating voluntary exclusion from the involuntary exclusion. Logistic regression analysis of the 2001 Survey of Income Program Participants (SIPP) reveals that immigrant status and country of origin explain why Latinos would voluntarily opt out of participating in their employer?s pension plan. Policy reforms that would bolster Latino retirement income security include encouraging plan coverage of part-time and …

    Date Created:
    2007-11-01
    Resource Type
    Report
  • Author(s):
    Teresa Ghilarducci, Joelle Saad-Lesser, Karen Richman, Erin Jelm, Roger Knight
    Abstract:

    Interdisciplinary study integrating cultural anthropology and economics. Analyzes results from 2009-2010 ethnographic research in the Chicago metropolitan area and statistical analyses of the Current Population Survey, the Chicago-Area Survey, and Immigration and Intergenerational Mobility in Metropolitan Los Angeles Survey. Key findings include immigrants’ collectivist investments in social networks substitute for retirement savings; their descendants invest less in collectivist networks…

    Date Created:
    2012-02-01
    Resource Type
    Report
  • Author(s):
    Wei Sun, Teresa Ghilarducci, Karen Richman, Gia Barboza
    Abstract:

    Explains social and economic reasons for Latinos’ retirement insecurity, consequences of Latinos’ low pension participation rates and recommendations for policies to bolster Latinos’ security in old age. Based on analysis of national data from Survey of Income and Program Participation and Health and Retirement Survey and focus group study of Latino workers and retirees in Chicago.

    Date Created:
    2008-06-01
    Resource Type
    Report
  • Author(s):
    Wei Sun, Karen Richman, Gia Barboza
    Abstract:

    Explains how the shift in workers’ retirement funding from defined benefit pensions to defined contribution plans places undue burden on participants’ financial literacy. Latinos’ low financial literacy contributes to lower participation rates and “off-brand” uses of defined contribution savings plans. Recommends policies to bolster Latinos’ financial literacy and retirement security. Based on Survey of Income Program Participants (SIPP) and Health and Retirement Sur…

    Date Created:
    2007-01-01
    Resource Type
    Report