Grants Database

The Foundation awards approximately 200 grants per year (excluding the Sloan Research Fellowships), totaling roughly $80 million dollars in annual commitments in support of research and education in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and economics. This database contains grants for currently operating programs going back to 2008. For grants from prior years and for now-completed programs, see the annual reports section of this website.

Grants Database

Grantee
Amount
City
Year
  • grantee: North Carolina State University
    amount: $539,767
    city: Raleigh, NC
    year: 2016

    To provide a comprehensive analysis of public employees’ transition between career employment and full retirement

    • Program Working Longer
    • Investigator Robert Clark

    Though public sector workers make up 15 percent of the U.S. workforce, little is known about how public sector workers make retirement-related choices and transition from full-time employment to full retirement. Funds from this grant support research by North Carolina State University (NCSU) economist Robert Clark to address this knowledge gap. Using original panel survey data and extensive administrative data from the North Carolina Retirement System, Clark and his research team will examine several important issues, including how older public workers in North Carolina plan for work-to-retirement transitions; how they execute plans to leave career jobs; how they move into new types of employment; and how they ensure income security in complete retirement. In addition to producing research addressing these issues, the grant will also result in a longitudinal panel dataset that, upon application, will be available to scholars interested in the public sector workforce.

    To provide a comprehensive analysis of public employees’ transition between career employment and full retirement

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  • grantee: Michigan State University
    amount: $487,203
    city: East Lansing, MI
    year: 2016

    To advance our understanding of how establishments respond to changes in pensionable ages implemented through public pension reform and phased over a 13-year period

    • Program Working Longer
    • Investigator Peter Berg

    This grant supports the research of Peter Berg at Michigan State University, who is examining how changes in pensionable ages implemented through public pension reform in Germany affected the managerial strategies businesses adopted in response to longer work lives. The work is the first microeconomic examination of the effects of increases in social security age on establishments’ internal labor markets. Berg and his team will use linked employer-employee data (LIAB) provided by the Research Data Center (FDZ) at the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) in Germany. This LIAB will then be combined with administrative establishment data from the Establishment History Panel (BHP) to construct the projected policy impact variable. These unique data will allow Berg to examine of how changes in pensionable age differentially affect business establishments; how they affect hiring, promotion, and compensation decisions; and whether they are linked to store or factory closure. The team will also catalogue and assess the diversity of establishment responses to increases in the pensionable age.

    To advance our understanding of how establishments respond to changes in pensionable ages implemented through public pension reform and phased over a 13-year period

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  • grantee: Manhattan Action Fund
    amount: $20,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2016

    To support Up with Aging, a healthy brain aging fair designed to invigorate the lives of older adults and alter the negative attitudes toward aging that are common among older adults

    • Program Working Longer
    • Investigator Adele Bartlett

    To support Up with Aging, a healthy brain aging fair designed to invigorate the lives of older adults and alter the negative attitudes toward aging that are common among older adults

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  • grantee: New York University
    amount: $696,815
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2015

    To evaluate how changes in tax and benefit policies and in retirement savings policies would impact wealth accumulation and labor supply of older workers

    • Program Working Longer
    • Investigator Andrew Caplin

    Funds from this grant support a project by economist Andrew Caplin to understand the interaction between policies that stimulate greater retirement savings and those that encourage working later in life. Using a rich administrative dataset on Danish workers, Caplin will use structural estimation methods and model-driven survey questions to develop a model that will simulate workers’ responses to a variety of public policy changes. The model will predict how households, faced with wage, health, and mortality shocks, respond by changing their decision on how much to save, what medical goods and services to purchase, and whether and when to retire or to work full or part time. Caplin’s research, focused as it is on how decisions to save and decisions to work are jointly affected by changes in the circumstances facing households, represents an unusually useful addition to the economics literature on working longer, since little is known about the interaction between savings, consumption, and decisions to enter or exit the work force. Caplin anticipates the work will result in three published papers and a workshop. The survey data he collects and the model he develops will also be made openly available for use by other researchers.

    To evaluate how changes in tax and benefit policies and in retirement savings policies would impact wealth accumulation and labor supply of older workers

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  • grantee: University of California, Irvine
    amount: $20,000
    city: Irvine, CA
    year: 2015

    To extend the just-completed major field experiment on age discrimination from 11 to 50 states, and to provide evidence on the relationships between direct measures of age discrimination in hiring

    • Program Working Longer
    • Investigator David Neumark

    To extend the just-completed major field experiment on age discrimination from 11 to 50 states, and to provide evidence on the relationships between direct measures of age discrimination in hiring

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  • grantee: Stanford University
    amount: $114,687
    city: Stanford, CA
    year: 2015

    To explore to what extent health, job demands, and job exposures drive early disability and retirement events for workers in the manufacturing sector

    • Program Working Longer
    • Investigator Mark Cullen

    To explore to what extent health, job demands, and job exposures drive early disability and retirement events for workers in the manufacturing sector

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  • grantee: Boston University
    amount: $704,982
    city: Boston, MA
    year: 2015

    To measure the work disincentives facing older Americans arising from America’s major fiscal programs and provisions

    • Program Working Longer
    • Investigator Laurence Kotlikoff

    This grant funds a study by Lawrence Kotlikoff of Boston University and Alan Auerbach of the University of California, Berkeley that will measure the work disincentives facing older Americans arising from our country’s almost 40 major fiscal programs and provisions. Kotlikoff and Auerbach will study the combined effects of all these programs to understand the marginal tax rate on income earned by older workers at different ages and to assess their combined potential to limit the work and incomes of the elderly. Using detailed data from several public datasets and advanced financial analysis software, the research team will test several hypotheses, including whether there are high median net marginal tax rates on the labor supply of the elderly at all levels of remaining lifetime resources; whether there exists a large dispersion in net marginal tax rates even holding remaining resources fixed, whether there are significant increases in sustainable living standards associated with the elderly working longer, and whether major impacts of the fiscal system on the elderly’s labor supply can be reduced with revenue-neutral fiscal reforms that preserve fiscal progressivity.

    To measure the work disincentives facing older Americans arising from America’s major fiscal programs and provisions

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  • grantee: Columbia University
    amount: $450,000
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2015

    To investigate how mental stimulation through different types of activities affects cognitive performance in later life and to determine the unique and overlapping contributions of these activities

    • Program Working Longer
    • Investigator Ursula Staudinger

    Studies show that cognitive abilities tend to decline postretirement, and that continuation of work or work-like activity can slow cognitive decline. What is less well understood, however, is exactly which activities are most conducive to maintaining cognitive productivity. This grant funds efforts by Ursula Staudinger, director of the Columbia University Center on Aging, to understand whether and to what degree activities that involve novel information processing play a role in arresting cognitive decline.   Combining aspects of three well-respected longitudinal studies, the Health and Retirement Study, the Midlife in America Study, and the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study, Staudinger and her team will catalog the work and leisure activities of respondents and characterize the ways in which these activities involve the processing of new information. Comparing these activities with health data on cognitive decline will then permit an estimation of the role novel processing plays in sustaining mental productivity. The resulting research promises to provide important new evidence that will help us better understand how to optimize cognitive aging and identify the individuals or groups whose activity patterns place them at particular risk for cognitive decline.

    To investigate how mental stimulation through different types of activities affects cognitive performance in later life and to determine the unique and overlapping contributions of these activities

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  • grantee: University of California, Los Angeles
    amount: $356,199
    city: Los Angeles, CA
    year: 2015

    To provide information on the labor market consequences for adult daughters and sons providing elder care to their aging parents

    • Program Working Longer
    • Investigator Kathleen McGarry

    This grant funds research by UCLA economist Kathleen McGarry that examines how providing eldercare affects the labor market activities of adult sons and daughters. Using descriptive analyses, multivariate regressions, and structural modeling on data drawn from the longitudinal Health and Retirement Study, McGarry and her team will study changes in employment, hours worked, wages, and benefits (including health insurance and pension wealth) of adult caregivers in order to assess how caregiving activities affect financial well-being in later life. They will also draw comparisons across genders between the types of care, the number of hours of care, and the effect on labor market behaviors. Of particular interest is whether having a parent in need increases the labor market attachment of men while decreasing the labor force attachment of women. The experimental sample will have over 3,000 couples in which both spouses have living parents, allowing the UCLA team to investigate the transfer of resources to a husband’s parents compared to a wife’s parents. Preliminary analyses for the provision of parental assistance by married couples suggests that greater financial transfers flow to the husband’s parents and greater time transfers to the wife’s parents. There are several potential explanations for this pattern—including differences in the opportunity cost of time for the husband and wife, household bargaining models, and preference for providing care to a parent of the same gender as the adult child. Additional modeling work will allow the team to simulate the effects of various policy measures on caregiving and labor market outcomes, including public financial support for caregivers and low-cost long-term care insurance. The work promises to increase our understanding of the economics of marriage and the family and its implications for the older work force.

    To provide information on the labor market consequences for adult daughters and sons providing elder care to their aging parents

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  • grantee: Columbia University
    amount: $467,837
    city: New York, NY
    year: 2015

    To provide working journalists with coherent, accessible current research on working longer as a central strategy toward making population aging into an opportunity rather than an individual and societal crisis

    • Program Working Longer
    • Investigator Ruth Finkelstein

    The Age Boom Academy at the Columbia Aging Center is a well-respected forum for learning about up-to-date scholarly research regarding the economic, social, and health issues raised by increased longevity. This grant provides three years of support to the Academy to house and develop a platform for improving journalistic understanding of the aging of the U.S. work force. With Sloan support, the Academy will hold a yearly workshop that brings journalists together with leading researchers to discuss the best current scientific thinking about issues related to aging and work. Issues to be addressed include reimagining work and retirement transitions; health expectancy, life expectancy, and work trajectories; and aging and human capital investment. At least 60 journalists are expected to attend the yearly academies, where they will be able to ask questions, develop relationships with scientists in the field, and learn about new and groundbreaking research. The result will be a press corps more empowered to cover issues related to the aging work force.

    To provide working journalists with coherent, accessible current research on working longer as a central strategy toward making population aging into an opportunity rather than an individual and societal crisis

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