Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Volume 22, 2002

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Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Volume 22, 2002

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Economic Outcomes in Later Life: Public Policy, Health and Cumulative Advantage


  • Stephen Crystal PhD
  • Dennis Shea PhD

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Leading scholars focus on the economics of aging, with a particular emphasis on the economic future of the baby boom generation. Key themes include the influence of early advantages on later-life economic outcomes (the cumulative advantage/cumulative disadvantage hypothesis); the relationship between inequalities in economic status and inequalities in health status and access to health care; and the consequences of societal choices concerning retirement income systems and policies for financing acute and long-term health care. Contributors include Angela O'Rand, Edward Wolf, Edward Whitehouse, and James Smith.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date January 07, 2003
  • Page Count 296
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826114495
  • EISBN 9780826113986

Table of Contents 

  1. Introduction: Cumulative Advantage, Public Policy, and Inequality in Later Life, S. Crystal and D. Shea
  2. Cumulative Advantage and Gerontological Theory, A. O'Rand
  3. Income, Wealth and Late-Life Inequality in the U.S., E. Wolff
  4. Cross-National Comparisons of Retirement Income, E. Whitehouse and R. Disney
  5. Measurement of Late-Life Income and Wealth, J. Smith
  6. Gender Differences in Pension Wealth and Their Impact on Late-Life Inequality, R. Johnson, U. Sambamoorthi, and S. Crystal
  7. Human Capital and the Long-Term Effects of Education on Late-Life Inequality, G. Farkas
  8. Socioeconomic Background and Midlife Health in the United States, D. Carr
  9. Late-Life Morbidity Trajectories and SES, R. Schoeni, V. Freedman, and R. Wallace
  10. Saving, Public Policy, and Late-Life Inequality, A. Lusardi, J. Skinner, and S. Venti
  11. The Economic Future of the Baby Boom Generation, R. Johnson and S. Crystal
  12. Conclusion: Prospects for Retirement Resources in an Aging Society, S. Crystal and D. Shea