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We're celebrating our 21st anniversary, and we remain committed to building and sharing knowledge with our partners to help leaders in the educational, nonprofit and public sectors.

Research Reports

Original research produced by the TIAA Institute—both independently and in collaboration with noted scholars—examines topics of interest to the academic, nonprofit and public sectors. The reports combine statistical findings with thoughtful, data-driven observations and conclusions to provide in-depth analyses that are informative and appropriate for both technical and more academic audiences.

October 2018

A retirement plan’s default investment portfolio is optimal for some employees. But for others, the default has some drawbacks.

September 2018

Millennials comprise 35% of the U.S. labor force and by 2019 are expected to surpass Baby Boomers as the nation’s largest generation. So their financial capability matters greatly to the U.S. economy.

July 2018

Understanding the prevalence, diversity and predictive power of behavioral factors—deviations from classical assumptions about consumer choice—is critical for theory, research and policy.

Insights

Also produced by the TIAA Institute, Insights features reports addressing prominent issues in financial security, higher education, and philanthropy. While typically written for a primarily non-technical audience, Insights are prepared using the same level of academic rigor found in our other research publications, and can serve as valuable sources of information for a diverse group of readers.

March 2019

In an era of declining public funding, private philanthropy has played an increasingly vital role for both public and private institutions.

March 2019

The ranks of adjunct faculty have increased rapidly in recent decades. How are these individuals faring financially?

January 2019

Given the choice between a smaller immediate payout or a larger future payout, people generally prefer rewards sooner rather than later, a tendency called temporal discounting.

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Strategic Collaborations

Working with leading research centers, associations and think tanks across the nation helps the TIAA Institute tap into their diverse expertise and broaden its impact among its audiences. This yields reliable, data-driven information leaders need to make sound decisions.