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What You Need to Know About the Economics of Growing Old* (*But Were Afraid to Ask)

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

Edited by Teresa Ghilarducci

“There is nothing like this book. I am sure it will produce as many questions as it answers, as a serious teacher always does. I welcome the ordinary citizen to this debate.” —from the Introduction

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.

What You Need to Know About the Economics of Growing Old (But Were Afraid to Ask) is divided into five sections. The first section addresses the status of the elderly and explores such issues as the average life expectancy and the number of elderly living in poverty. The second deals with the structure of the Social Security system and its disbursements of benefits. The third traces the economic path to old age. The fourth considers changing social norms, including the increase in the number of women in the workforce. The final section looks at what happens when the elderly work for pay.

This book will be valuable from the classroom to the halls of Congress. Simply put, it contains information everyone should know.

ISBN: 978-0-268-02963-0
152 pages
Publication Year: 2004

Teresa Ghilarducci is Bernard L. and Irene Schwartz Chair in Economic Policy Analysis at the New School for Social Research. She is the author of numerous books, including Labor’s Capital: The Economics and Politics of Employer Pensions.

“. . . a must-read for anyone seriously concerned about both short term and large-scale economic issues affecting the elderly.” — Midwest Book Review

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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


Edited by Teresa Ghilarducci

 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
Paper Edition

“There is nothing like this book. I am sure it will produce as many questions as it answers, as a serious teacher always does. I welcome the ordinary citizen to this debate.” —from the Introduction

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.

What You Need to Know About the Economics of Growing Old (But Were Afraid to Ask) is divided into five sections. The first section addresses the status of the elderly and explores such issues as the average life expectancy and the number of elderly living in poverty. The second deals with the structure of the Social Security system and its disbursements of benefits. The third traces the economic path to old age. The fourth considers changing social norms, including the increase in the number of women in the workforce. The final section looks at what happens when the elderly work for pay.

This book will be valuable from the classroom to the halls of Congress. Simply put, it contains information everyone should know.

ISBN: 978-0-268-02963-0

152 pages

“. . . a must-read for anyone seriously concerned about both short term and large-scale economic issues affecting the elderly.” — Midwest Book Review