What You Need to Know About the Economics of Growing Old (But Were Afraid to Ask): A Provocative Reference Guide to the Economics of Aging / Edition 1

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from BN.com
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $3.35
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 76%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (9) from $3.35   
  • New (3) from $11.34   
  • Used (6) from $3.35   


"With the aid of her Economics of Aging class, Teresa Ghilarducci has compiled this comprehensive sourcebook as a guide for politicians, economists, journalists, students, and ordinary Americans through the maze of Social Security and the economics of growing old in America." This book will be valuable from the classroom to the halls of Congress. Simply put, it contains information everyone should know.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780268029630
  • Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2004
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 152
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

TERESA GHILARDUCCI, a nationally recognized expert on the economics of aging, is associate professor of economics and Director of the Higgins Labor Research Center at the University of Notre Dame.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 No exit 7
2 Quality over quantity 11
3 The life expectancy of the elderly 14
4 Elderly poverty : higher than you think 16
5 Big spenders and gamblers : the elderly in debt 23
6 Old age and social disability insurance 29
7 Paying your dues 32
8 Reaping the benefits 36
9 Who stands to gain 38
10 Redistribution of wealth 40
11 The freedom to work act 43
12 Growth of beneficiaries vs. contributors 45
13 Dependents : mouths to feed 48
14 Do the old eat the young? 52
15 Exploitation of Mexico 55
16 Welfare histories, welfare futures? 65
17 The implications of welfare dependency 68
18 Retirement savings habits 72
19 Spend, spend, spend 76
20 Debt 78
21 Annuities 81
22 Private pensions 84
23 A bias in 401(k) plans 89
24 Thinking ahead 92
25 Who's the boss? 96
26 From housewife to single mother 103
27 Dependent no more : working women 109
28 Living longer 114
29 Church ladies becoming Wal-Mart greeters 121
30 Elder work and youth unemployment 124
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)