The brief’s key findings are:
- During the current economic crisis, many older workers are postponing retirement and some retirees are re-entering the labor force.
- Re-entrants age 66 and over can put their Social Security benefits “on hold” in exchange for higher benefits later.
- This “claim and suspend” strategy also offers greater flexibility to one-earner couples, allowing the higher earner to delay benefits while his spouse claims.
- The potential costs to Social Security are modest.