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Developments in the Economics of Aging

David A. Wise


The number of Americans eligible to receive Social Security benefits will increase from forty-five million to nearly eighty million in the next twenty years. Retirement systems must therefore adapt to meet the demands of the largest aging population in America's history. In this book, a group of analysts examine the economic issues that will confront policy makers as they seek to design policies to protect the economic and physical health of these older Americans. The volume looks at such topics as factors influencing work and retirement decisions at older ages, changes in life satisfaction as ... More

Keywords: social security benefits, retirement, policy makers, physical health, Americans, economic health, life satisfaction, money managers, pension plans, work

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Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780226903354
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226903361.001.0001


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David A. Wise, editor

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David A. Wise

I Retirement Saving

1 Life-cycle Asset Allocation Strategies and the Distribution of 401(k) Retirement Wealth

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

2 Reducing the Complexity Costs of 401(k) Participation through Quick Enrollment

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

II Intergenerational Transfers

3 Population Aging and Intergenerational Transfers: Introducing Age into National Accounts

Andrew Mason, Ronald Lee, An-Chi Tung, Mun-Sim Lai, and Tim Miller

III Retirement Behavior

4 The Effect of Large Capital Gains or Losses on Retirement

Michael D. Hurd, Monika Reti and Susann Rohwedder

IV Health and Economic Circumstances

7 Why Do Europeans Smoke More than Americans?

David M. Cutler and Edward L. Glaeser

8 Trends in Prescription Drug Use by the Disabled Elderly

Jay Bhattacharya,Alan M. Garber, and Thomas MaCurdy

10 The SES Health Gradient on Both Sides of The Atlantic

James Banks,, Michael Marmot,, Zoe Oldfield, and James P. Smith