Call for Proposals - Economics of Working Longer and an Aging Workforce
The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), with generous support of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, is carrying out a research initiative on the Economics of an Aging Workforce. It is directed by Alex Gelber of the University of California, San Diego and NBER. During the 2021-22 academic year, the initiative will support two projects that study the labor market outcomes of older workers or the impact of older workers on the labor market more broadly.
Topics that are within scope for this initiative include, but are not limited to:
- the determinants of work and retirement behavior at older ages, including the impact of public and private pension programs on labor supply;
- age discrimination and the consequences of state and federal anti-discrimination policies;
- how workplace attributes such as flexible retirement, the opportunity to work from home, and the availability of various types of training affect the notional labor supply of older workers;
- the impact of older workers on workplace productivity and the effect of various workplace initiatives, such as production line modification, on it;
- how the aging workforce affects transitions between jobs and between firms, and the impact of any changes in workplace dynamism on aggregate productivity.
Researchers who have primary appointments as faculty members at US colleges or universities and who are interested in receiving support to study these or related questions should submit short proposals. Each proposal is limited to eight pages, double-spaced, including references, tables, graphs, a short budget outline, and other supplementary material. It should describe the research question to be studied, its relevance to understanding the aging workforce, and the data and methods that will be used to study it. Preliminary findings are encouraged but not required. In addition, each proposal should indicate the composition of the research team, with links to current CVs for key personnel.
The NBER will fund two proposals with grants of up to $75,000. These awards may support investigator salary, graduate or undergraduate research assistants, data acquisition costs, or other research expenses. The grants will typically be structured as sub-awards to the principal investigator’s college or university. Projects that do not fund investigator salary or research assistant time may not require a sub-award. The budget outline should include all charges associated with a potential sub-award. The NBER cannot offer more than 12% in indirect costs to sub-recipient institutions.
Proposals should be submitted as a single PDF by midnight PDT on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, to:
Proposals from early-career economists, from researchers with and without NBER affiliations, and from candidates from groups that historically have been under-represented in the economics profession are welcome. Submissions will be reviewed by a committee of leading experts on demographics and labor economics, chaired by Alex Gelber, and funding decisions will be announced in July 2021.
Investigators who receive funding will be required to provide an interim report on the research supported by the grant by June, and a draft research paper by September, 2022. Questions about this call for proposals should be directed to Denis Healy, email@example.com.