WISER partners with other organizations to produce research on issues surrouing financial security, retirement, aging, and related topics. Below is research published by WISER and other organizations that focus on these important issues related to women and retirement. To open the PDF links you will need Adobe Acrobat, available here: Adobe Reader.

WISER's Research



Savings Matches, Small Dollar Accounts, and Childcare Workers' Decisions to Save: 2012-2015 Appalachian Savings Project 
(Full Report pdf)

A report for the Women's Institute for a Secure Retirement
December 2015 

Report Brief (4 Page pdf) 

Creating Opportunity: The Impact of Matched Savings for Childcare Workers 
Summary Report of WISER's Appalachian Savings Project
(March 2016)  



The Impact of Retirement Risk on Women (pdf)

The Society of Actuaries and WISER teamed up together again to update The Impact of Retirement Risk on Women. Based on surveys conducted in 2013 by Mathew Greenwald and Associates, Inc., the report examines the consequences of women's longer lifespans, lower earnings, and few years in the workforce.

The Impact of Running Out of Money in Retirement
The Committee on Post Retirement Needs and Risks is pleased to make available a research study that seeks to understand what has been done to determine the risks of running out of money in retirement. To fully understand the issues and opportunities, a round table of diverse experts was held in March 2012. This report summarizes the ideas that emerged from that round table, which was co-sponsored with the Urban Institute and the Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement (WISER).
March 2012

Nurses’ Investor Education Project Report (pdf)
As our nation's caregivers, nurses are often least likely to take time to care for themselves.  This is especially true when it comes to planning for retirement.  A report from the Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement (WISER) highlights the effectiveness of a turn-key, peer-to-peer financial education program that is helping nurses across the nation take action towards a secure financial future. 

April 2012

The Impact of Retirement Risk on Women (pdf)
The Society of Actuaries recently released a report co-authored by WISER Board Member Anna Rappaport, FSA, MAAA. The report identifies findings from a 2009 survey on retirement risk and focuses on issues in the survey related to retirement risks for women.
December 2010

MetLife Study of Finances and Female Executives (pdf)
This study was conducted by the MetLife Mature Market Institute in cooperation with the Women's Institute for a Secure Retirement. The report surveyed career women ages 45 to 70 earning $75,000+ in order to investigate their financial confidence and future plans for retirement. In addition to highlighting the study's results, this report is also accompanied by a booklet, "What Today's Woman Needs to Know and Do: The Retirement Journey" and planning tips, "Memo to Professional Women: Own Your Retirement Security," all available free to the public. 
For highlights of the study, click here.
November 2010


How Can Women's Income Last as Long as They Do (pdf)
This report reflects the culmination of WISER's and partners’ efforts on focusing discussion on women’s retirement security; from the initial blueprint that outlined seven key facts that put women at a disadvantage for retirement security, to the extensive field research, to ultimately convening a first-of-its-kind roundtable discussion that brought together experts from across fields to identify the core challenges of asset management for women and to discuss potential solutions. The specific focus of this report is on how women can best manage their retirement income, and what role various stakeholders should play. 
June 2009

Featured Research

Strengthening Social Security: What Do Americans Want?
The study explores working and retired Americans’ attitudes toward Social Security and the importance of Social Security benefits to beneficiaries’ incomes.
May 2013

Research by Topic

Caregiver Issues
Elder Financial Abuse
Widowhood, Divorce & Issues for Older Women
Home Ownership
Earnings, Savings, and Investments
Social Security
Retirement Plans
Minority Women and Women of Color
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