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Work Options for Older Americans Paperback – April 1, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0268029708 ISBN-10: 0268029709 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press; 1 edition (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0268029709
  • ISBN-13: 978-0268029708
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,962,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This conference volume is a collection of 11 articles that examine the economic and labor-relations aspects of an aging workforce in the United States. While the articles span a variety of topics, the underlying question throughout the book is: given the inevitability of demographic changes, how can we make the continued labor force participation of older works a positive experience for both employers and employees? This book considers a variety of policy options that may encourage or facilitate work at older ages. Those interested in issues surrounding employment and older workers will find the collection of interest.” —Journal of Pension Economics and Finance

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"While demographic forces make it inevitable that social institutions that encouraged workers to retire in their early sixties must change, this book shows that how we make these changes will have substantial implications for the risk of poverty and the general level of economic well-being of older populations. Its theme is that policy changes that encourage those able to work at older ages to do so must not come at the expense of our current system's protection of those less able to work. This is an important book for those interested in understanding how recent changes in the United States retirement system are impacting the employment and economic well-being of older workers." --Richard V. Burkhauser, Sarah Gibson Blanding Professor of Policy Analysis and Management, Cornell University

"The editors have done an excellent job of compiling some very valuable and interesting papers on working longer. With improvements in health and life expectancy, the decreasing physical requirements of work, and our financing shortfalls, the options of working longer, phased retirement, and more flexibility for retirement ages in retirement plans can be winners. In particular, I found the Introduction's synopsis of the papers by itself worth the price of the book." --Ron Gebhardtsbauer, American Academy of Actuaries

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 2, 2007
Format: Paperback
Edited by professor of economics Teresa Ghilarducci and AARP Public Policy Institute senior advisor John Turner, Work Options for Older Americans is a collection of essays by learned authors concerning the repercussions of demographic shifts and social forces that result in more and more Americans having to abandon the social expectation of retiring in their sixties and continue working later in life. Individual essays include "The Transformation of the American Pension System", "The Interaction between Health, Health Insurance, and Retirement", "International Responses to an Aging Labor Force: Lessons for U.S. Policy", and much more. It should be noted that Work Options for Older Americans is primarily a reference for economic scholars, policymakers, and problem-solvers, not a "how-to" guide for seniors. Black-and-white tables, charts, and graphics illustrate this serious-minded assessment grounded in hard data and extensive research.
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