Policies for an Aging Society

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JHU Press, Jun 4, 2002 - Law - 402 pages
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One in eight Americans today is over the age of 65, and the proportion will increase dramatically in the future. The aging of the population has begun to drive tax and budget decisions and the federal policy agenda, as policy makers and voters look ahead to enormous demands on the health and income security programs. Indeed, it is projected that Medicare and Social Security will constitute nearly half the federal budget in the year 2030, when one in five Americans will be over 65.

In Policies for an Aging Society, Stuart H. Altman and David I. Shactman have gathered experts in public and health policy, economics, law, and management to identify the salient issues and explore realistic options. From positions ranging from liberal to conservative, the contributors take a wide view of the philosophical, economic, and programmatic aspects of the social protection programs for elderly Americans. They ask broad questions and propose integrated conceptions of how our society can best provide for the needs of its aging population.

Contributors: Henry J. Aaron, Brookings Institution; Robert H. Binstock, Case Western Reserve University; Peter F. Drucker; Lynn M. Etheredge, George Washington University; Victor R. Fuchs, Stanford University; John Geanakoplos, Yale University; Jonathan Gruber, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Richard D. Lamm, University of Denver; Theodore R. Marmor, Yale University; Jerry L. Mashaw, Yale University; Olivia S. Mitchell, University of Pennsylvania; Alicia H. Munnell, Boston College; Norman J. Ornstein, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research; Mark V. Pauly, University of Pennsylvania; Rudolph G. Penner, Urban Institute; Wendell E. Primus, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; C. Eugene Steuerle, Urban Institute; Paul N. Van de Water, Social Security Administration; David Wise, Harvard University; Stephen P. Zeldes, Columbia University.

 

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Contents

Issues and Options for an Aging Population
3
be saved for elderly entitlements by reducing the national debt
4
An International Perspective on Policies for an Aging Society
34
THE ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK
61
LongRun Budget Projections and Their Implications
81
Can We Afford It?
109
The Economic Consequences of Funding Growing
127
The Case for Universal Social Insurance
169
The Case for Retaining Defined Benefit Programs
236
Private Accounts Prefunding and Equity Investment under
266
Changing Retirement Trends and Their Impact on Elderly
293
Aligning Incentives for a National Retirement Policy
316
What Can We Expect in the Current
333
The Politics of Enacting Reform
346
A Holistic View
378
Index
391

The Moral Imperative of Limiting Elderly Health Entitlements
199
The Merits of Changing to Defined Contribution Programs
217

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About the author (2002)

Stuart H. Altman is Sol C. Chaikin Professor of National Health Policy at Brandeis University. David I. Shactman is a senior research associate at Brandeis University.