TIAA-CREF Institute

Research

Research Themes

We focus on the themes below to help individuals and institutions meet financial and operational objectives.

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Lifetime Income & Retirement Security 
Decisions about converting savings to income in retirement.

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Public Sector Pension Reform 
Drivers and impact of changes to the structure of public sector pension plans.

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Retirement Plan Design 
How plan design changes influence the saving and retirement decisions of workers.

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Financial Literacy 
Using financial education, guidance and advice to improve retirement outcomes.

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Organizational Effectiveness 
Helping institutions understand and adapt to transformational change.

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Individual Attitudes & Behavior  
Non-financial factors that influence the retirement planning and saving behavior of individuals.

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Public Policy 
Financial-security issues relevant to federal, state, and local policymakers and their staffs.

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Retiree Health Care 
Trends in retiree health programs and how health care concerns affect retirement decisions.

 

Research of particular relevance to these audiences:

Higher Education 

K-12 

Health Care 

Policymakers 

Nonprofits 

Research Publications

The Institute produces publications for both technical and non-technical audiences.

Academic Publications

Academic Publications  
In-depth analyses on lifelong financial security and organizational effectiveness.

Research Reports

Research Reports 
Topics of strategic importance for non-technical readers.

Research Overviews

Research Overviews 
Conclusions of a single study or multiple studies on a key topic.

Additional Information

Research Program Brochure (PDF)