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Themes in the Economics of Aging
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Themes in the Economics of Aging

David A. Wise

Abstract

In the past few years, the economic ramifications of aging have garnered close attention from a group of NBER researchers led by David A. Wise. This volume continues to analyze a nexus of age-related issues. This volume begins by looking at the implications of private and public personal retirement plans, focusing in particular on the impact of 401(k) programs on retirement strategies in light of potential social security reform and factors such as annuitization and on asset accumulation. Next, the often-observed relationship between health and wealth is dissected from two different perspectiv ... More

Keywords: aging, age-related issues, retirement plans, 401(k) programs, retirement strategies, social security reform, annuitization, asset accumulation, health, wealth

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780226902845
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226903330.001.0001

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David A. Wise, editor

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Introduction

David A. Wise

I Personal Retirement Plans

II Wealth and Health

5 Predictors of Mortality among the Elderly

Michael D. Hurd, Daniel McFadden, and Angela Merrill

III Health Care

6 Trends in Medicare Spending Near the End of Life

Jeffrey Geppert, Mark McClellan

7 The Concentration of Medical Spending: An Update

David M. Cutler and Ellen Meara

IV Social Security Provisions and Retirement

10 Social Security Incentives for Retirement

Courtney Coile and Jonathan Gruber

V Bequests and Dissaving

11 Anticipated and Actual Bequests

Michael D. Hurd and James P. Smith