Research Sources

These sites are listed to show the range of research sources available on the internet. WISER does not endorse any of these sites, and recommends that you investigate the sources before obtaining any services.

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization for people age 50 and over. AARP is dedicated to enhancing quality of life for all as we age. We lead positive social change and deliver value to members through information, advocacy and service.

American Association of University Women
The American Association of University Women is dedicated to promoting gender equity in society, with a particular emphasis on education.

American Enterprise Institute
The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) is an independent, nonprofit organization that studies issues related to both domestic and foreign policy in the United States.

Brookings Institution
The Brookings Institution is a well-established non-profit think tank devoted to public education through policy research and analysis.

Bureau of Labor Statistics
The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor is the principal Federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy.

Center for Retirement Research at Boston College
The goals of the Center for Retirement Research are to promote research on retirement issues, to transmit new findings to the policy community and the public, to help train new scholars, and to broaden access to valuable data sources.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)
THE CFPB works to give consumers the information they need to understand the terms of their agreements with financial companies through research, monitoring, and legislation.

Demos is a public policy organization working for an America where we all have an equal say in our democracy and an equal chance in our economy.

Department of Labor
The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.

Employee Benefit Research Institute
The Employee Benefit Research Institute aims to research, promote and educate about employee benefit programs. It provides an unbiased resource for individuals to learn about and understand the benefit programs available to them as employees. The EBRI conducts research on issues pertinent to employees and provides accompanying data analysis.

Federal Interagency Forum on Aging Related Statistics
The Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics (Forum) was initially established in 1986, with the goal of bringing together Federal agencies that share a common interest in improving aging-related data.

Institute for Women's Policy Research
The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) works to provide information on policy issues concerning women and their families. Major topics of focus are poverty, employment, work, health, and political participation.

MetLife Mature Market Institute
MetLife's Mature Market Institute is one of the leading research organizations on issues surrounding aging.

Michigan Retirement Research Center
The aims of the University of Michigan Retirement Research Center (MRRC) are to foster research on retirement issues, to convey findings to the academic and policy communities and to the public, to support the training of a new generation of scholars, and to facilitate access to relevant data and information.

National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI)
NASI's mission is to advance solutions to challenges facing the nation by increasing public understanding of how social insurance contributes to economic security.

National Bureau of Economic Research
The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to promoting a greater understanding of how the economy works. The NBER is committed to undertaking and disseminating unbiased economic research among public policymakers, business professionals, and the academic community.
NBER subscribers may access working papers for free at the web site; others may download papers for $5.00 each.

Pew Research Center
Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world.

RAND Corporation works to aid decision makers by offering research on a variety of topics; this think tank is known for its objectivity and comprehensive research.

Social Security Administration
SSA's quarterly research journal, the Social Security Bulletin, is known for its comprehensive coverage of issues relating to Social Security. Articles focus on the Social Security and SSI programs, the income of the aged, private pension coverage, the poverty status of various groups (such as women and children), reform of Social Security, and other timely subjects. A new section, "Perspectives," presents refereed contributions by outside scholars on similar issues.
For abstracts and full articles, see SSA Articles

Transamerica Center for Retirement Research
The Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies (“The Center”) is a non-profit , private foundation dedicated to conducting research educating the American public on trends, issues, and opportunities related to saving, planning for, and achieving financial security in retirement.

Urban Institute
The Urban Institute is a policy research organization that works to provide balanced, nonpartisan information on social, economic, and governance issues for the nation’s private and public citizens.

USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging
The Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging builds upon the University of Southern California's (USC) longstanding tradition of creating socially relevant research, innovating educational practices, influencing policymaking, fostering community-university partnerships and sharing best practices with direct service providers.

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