Policymakers

Informing public policy

The TIAA Institute provides actionable, objective research and insights to inform policymakers and others who influence our nation’s financial security. Institute research is having a direct affect on matters relating to financial security and retirement. 

Insights

April 2018

Poor financial capability in old age can have serious repercussions, causing people to make mistakes with credit, draw down retirement assets too quickly, and fall victim to financial predators.

December 2017

Economists typically gauge the value of financial education by examining how it affects consumer behaviors. But the best financial choices for consumers depend on a mix of objective facts and subjective judgments – and one size rarely fits all.

June 2017

The story of a generation drowning in debt is misleading for a number of reasons. This report looks at the landscape of student debt in the U.S. as well as trends and innovative approaches in private funding of higher education.

Research Reports

May 2017

Today’s retirees are living longer than ever before, creating the need for policy changes to help retirees stretch their savings accordingly.

May 2017

Compared to the private sector, the retirement-saving landscape in the public sector is much more complex, as exemplified by North Carolina’s public school districts.

October 2016

Performance funding applies financial incentives to higher education, tying a portion of public institutions’ state appropriations to retention rate, degree completion and other student outcomes.