Aging Issues in the United States and Japan

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Seiritsu Ogura, Toshiaki Tachibanaki, David A. Wise
University of Chicago Press, Nov 1, 2007 - Social Science - 352 pages
The population base in both the United States and Japan is growing older and, as those populations age, they provoke heretofore unexamined economic consequences. This cutting-edge, comparative volume, the third in the joint series offered by the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Japan Center for Economic Research, explores those consequences, drawing specific attention to four key areas: incentives for early retirement; savings, wealth, and asset allocation over the life cycle; health care and health care reform; and population projections.

Given the undeniable global importance of the Japanese and U.S. economies, these innovative essays shed welcome new light on the complex correlations between aging and economic behavior. This insightful work not only deepens our understanding of the Japanese and American economic landscapes but, through careful examination of the comparative social and economic data, clarifies the complex relation between aging societies, public policies, and economic outcomes.


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1 Choice Chance and Wealth Dispersion at Retirement
2 Household Portfolio Allocation over the Life Cycle
An Analysis of Japanese Microdata 1990 and 1994
A Comparison among Japan the United States and the United Kingdom
5 The Third Wave in Health Care Reform
6 Concentration and Persistence of Health Care Costs for the Aged
A Simulation Analysis
8 Choice among EmployerProvided Insurance Plans
9 Employees Pension Benefits and the Labor Supply of Older Japanese Workers 1980s1990s
10 The Motivations for Business Retirement Policies
11 Promotion Incentives and Wages
12 What Went Wrong with the 199192 Official Population Projection of Japan?
Author Index
Subject Index

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About the author (2007)

Seiritsu Ogura teaches at Hosei University and is a member of the Japan Center for Economic Research.

Toshiaki Tachibanaki is a professor of economics in the Institute for Economic Research at Kyoto University.

David A. Wise is the director of the NBER's program on aging and the John F. Stambaugh Professor of Political Economy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is the editor or coeditor of thirteen volumes in the NBER series, all published by the University of Chicago Pres

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