Research Methods in Retirement Research

Gwenith G. Fisher and Robert J. Willis

in The Oxford Handbook of Retirement

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199746521
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Research Methods in Retirement Research

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Research on the retirement process has been extensively studied by social science researchers across a variety of disciplines, including economics, sociology, and psychology. The majority of this research has relied on survey research methods, primarily resulting from a huge investment in large public-use datasets of longitudinal surveys. This chapter describes many of the surveys that have been used to study retirement (including the Retirement History Survey, the Health and Retirement Study, the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study, and the Cognitive Economics Study, among others) and key issues in survey research methodology, including sampling design, nonresponse, and treatment of missing data. We also describe the application of experimental methods (including natural experiments) as well as qualitative research to the study of retirement. Finally, this chapter discusses ways in which retirement research methods have evolved and outlines key issues for the future of retirement research.

Keywords: research methodology; survey research; measurement; sample design; quantitative research; longitudinal studies

Article.  18310 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Organizational Psychology ; Research Methods in Psychology

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