Aging Nation: The Economics and Politics of Growing Older in America
  • Aging Nation: The Economics and Politics of Growing Older in America
  • Aging Nation: The Economics and Politics of Growing Older in America

Aging Nation: The Economics and Politics of Growing Older in America

by James H. Schulz
     
 

ISBN-10: 027598415X

ISBN-13: 9780275984151

Pub. Date: 10/30/2006

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

With the impending retirement of some 76 million baby boomers in a period of huge government deficits, public anxiety about the social and economic health of an aging nation is widespread. Some policy makers and pundits forecast disaster.

James H. Schulz and Robert H. Binstock agree that there is considerable cause for concern but insist that a demographic

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Overview

With the impending retirement of some 76 million baby boomers in a period of huge government deficits, public anxiety about the social and economic health of an aging nation is widespread. Some policy makers and pundits forecast disaster.

James H. Schulz and Robert H. Binstock agree that there is considerable cause for concern but insist that a demographic tsunami is not inevitable. The authors analyze the nation's evolving private and public policies, and consider such timely issues as poverty among older people, rejoining the workforce after retirement, Social Security and health care reform, as well as the rise of elderly people as a powerful political force.

Dispelling popular myths and misconceptions, Schulz and Binstock consider the economic, political, and social challenges arising from the aging U.S. population, and present a balanced-and reassuring-assessment of the future.

About the Author:
James H. Schulz is a professor emeritus of economics at Brandeis. He is a former president of the Gerontological Society of America

About the Author:
Robert H. Binstock is a professor of aging, health, and society at Case Western Reserve University. He has served as director of a White House Task Force on older Americans and is a former president of the Gerontological Society of America

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275984151
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/30/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents


Preface to the Paperback Edition     vii
Baby Boomers and the Merchants of Doom     1
The Phony Threat of Population Aging     25
The Search for Security with Dignity     43
Dealing with Risk     65
The Company Pension: Altruism or Self-Interest?     87
The Pension Lottery: Personal Pension Accounts     111
To Work or Not to Work: That Is the Question     137
Health and Longevity: What Lies Ahead?     171
A Gerontocracy? The Politics of Aging     201
Framing the Issues for an Aging Nation     223
Notes     237
Index     271

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