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Restructuring Retirement Risks (Pensions Research Council) Hardcover – September 1, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0199204656 ISBN-10: 0199204659

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  • Series: Pensions Research Council
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (September 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199204659
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199204656
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.9 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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David Blitzstein is the Director of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) Negotiated Benefits Department where he advises local unions in collective bargaining on pension and health insurance issues and consults with the Union's 150 jointly trusted health and welfare and pension plans nationwide. Mr. Blitzstein also serves as trustee of the UFCW Industry Pension Fund, and the UFCW National Health and Welfare Fund. Mr. Blitzstein represents the UFCW as a member of the working committee of the National Coordinating Committee for Multiemployer Plans. In addition he serves on the Pension Research Council Advisory Board at the Wharton School; he is a member of the Employee Benefits Research Institute and the National Academy of Social Insurance. He received the BS degree from the University of Pennsylvania and he received the MS in Labor Studies from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.
Olivia S. Mitchell is the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans Professor of Insurance and Risk Management, the Executive Director of the Pension Research Council, and the Director of the Boettner Center on Pensions and Retirement Research at the Wharton School. Concurrently Dr. Mitchell is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a Co Investigator for the AHEAD/ Health and Retirement Studies at the University of Michigan. Dr. Mitchell's main areas of research and teaching are private and public insurance, risk management, public finance and labor markets, and compensation and pensions, with a US and an international focus. She received the BA in Economics from Harvard University and the MA and PhD degrees in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Stephen P. Utkus is the Director of the Vanguard Center for Retirement Research, where he conducts and sponsors research on retirement savings and retirement benefits. His current research examines attitudes and expectations regarding retirement, financial markets and employer-sponsored retirement plans; the psychological and behavioral aspects of participant decision-making; trading and investment behavior among retirement plan participants; fiduciary issues arising from retirement programs; and global trends in public and private pension plans. Mr. Utkus serves on the Pension Research Council Advisory Board and he is also a Visiting Scholar at the Wharton School. He received the BS in Computer Science from MIT and the M.B.A. in Finance from The Wharton School.

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Format: Hardcover
From the Journal of Pension Economics and Finance, vol. 7, issue 3, Nov. 2008, p.363-365, published online by Cambridge University Press Oct. 2, 2008.

Restructuring Retirement Risks. Edited by David Blitzstein, Olivia S.
Mitchell, and Stephen P. Utkus. Oxford University Press, 2006, ISBN 0-19-
920465-9, 272 pages. doi:10.1017/S1474747207003484

GEORGE PENNACCHI
University of Illinois

This volume consists of 12 essays focusing on public as well as private pension systems, with an
additional chapter containing a comprehensive analysis of financing retiree medical benefits by
Wagoner, Rappaport, Fuller, and Yeager. The volume's essays are written at a level that is
accessible to a non-academic audience, but their contents will also be valuable to researchers in
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the field of retirement security. Readers will come away with a deeper understanding of the
challenges society faces in financing retirement expenditures.
After an introduction, the book begins with an overlapping generations (OLG) model by
Bohn who puts it through its paces to study intergenerational risk-sharing possibilities
with respect to uncertain productivity growth, asset returns, fertility and longevity, medical
technology and expenses, and war expenditure. The author examines how a government's
ability to tax future generations on the behalf of more current generations, via institutions such
as Social Security and Medicare, has the potential to improve risk-sharing vis-a` -vis a laissez
faire system. The results provide interesting policy implications.
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