How Much Does Motherhood Cost Women in Social Security Benefits?

Alice Zulkarnain and Kimberly Blanton
November 5, 2018

When mothers take a hiatus from work for childrearing, it can affect their Social Security earnings history. Learn how much mothers lose when they drop out of the labor force to raise children.

Original music by Zack Lober.

Cognitive Aging and the Ability to Work

Anek Belbase and Kimberly Blanton
October 19, 2017

Cognitive aging could hinder productivity by reducing the brain’s processing ability (“fluid” intelligence). But research shows that productivity generally does not decline with age. Only a minority of workers are vulnerable: those in jobs that require very high levels of fluid intelligence and those who experience cognitive impairment.

Original music, audio recording, and post production by Zack Lober.

How Job Options Narrow for Older Workers by Socioeconomic Status

Matthew S. Rutledge and Kimberly Blanton
March 27, 2017

Job-changers over age 50 increasingly end up in “old-person” jobs, with a high share of older hires relative to prime-age hires. New research finds the overall outlook has improved since the late 1990s for all groups, particularly for older women with more education.

Music by Zack Lober.