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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

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Overview

"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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780268029630
  • Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • 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.

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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
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