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Research Findings in the Economics of Aging
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Research Findings in the Economics of Aging

David A. Wise


The baby boom generation's entry into old age has led to an unprecedented increase in the elderly population. The social and economic effects of this shift are significant, and in this book, a group of leading researchers takes an eclectic view of the subject. Among the broad topics discussed are work and retirement behavior, disability, and their relationship to the structure of retirement and disability policies. While choices about when to retire are made by individuals, these decisions are influenced by a set of incentives, including retirement benefits and health care, and this volume inc ... More

Keywords: baby boom generation, old age, work behavior, retirement behavior, disability, health care, retirement plans, poverty, economics of aging

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Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780226903064
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226903088.001.0001


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David A. Wise, editor

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I. Disability, Work, and Retirement

Educationand Disability

4 The Education Gradient in Old Age Disability

David M. Cutler and Adriana Lleras-Muney

5 Social Interactions and Smoking

David M. Cutler and Edward L. Glaeser

6. Educationand the Prevalence of Pain

Steven J. Atlas and Jonathan Skinner

III Economic Circumstances and Health

7 Aging and Death under a Dollar a Day

Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo

IV Retirement Saving

10 The Rise of 401(k) Plans, Lifetime Earnings, and Wealth at Retirement

James M. Poterba, Steven F. Venti, and David A. Wise

11 The Impact of Employer Matching on Savings Plan Participation under Automatic Enrollment

John Beshears, James J. Choi, David Laibson, and Brigitte C. Madrian

12. Housing Price Volatility and Downsizing in Later Life

James Banks, Richard Blundell, Zoë Oldfield, and James P. Smith

V Medicare

13 The Narrowing Dispersion of Medicare Expenditures 1997 to 2005

Jay Bhattacharya, Alan M. Garber, and Thomas MaCurdy

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