Boomer Bust? Economic and Political Issues of the Graying Society, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 027599550X
  • ISBN-13: 9780275995508
  • DDC: 306.3
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 1000 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2008 | Published/Released June 2010
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2008

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Overview

Seventy-six million Baby Boomers are careening toward retirement in the United States. Demographic shifts toward aging populations are taking place around the Western world, as a variety of factors - biological, technological, medical, and sociocultural - are extending life spans. Meanwhile, birth rates are declining. The scaremongers argue that this generational shift is going to be disastrous: It will result in skyrocketing tax rates, lower retirement and health benefits, higher inflation, increased unemployment and poverty, political instability, and a host of other societal ills. But will it? In Boomer Bust?, Robert Hudson assembles leading authors from fields such as economics, political science and finance to separate fact from fiction, highlight the terms of debate, and showcase innovative policies that will prevent disaster from occurring.

From topics like Social Security to older people rejoining the workforce to the elderly as a political lobby, this two-volume set covers the gamut of economic, political, financial, and business issues related to aging. The Boomer generation will leave one of the largest footprints the world has yet seen. In retirement, as in all else, this generation is blazing a path that is affecting succeeding generations profoundly. Boomer Bust? charts a path through the thicket of personal and public policy choices facing not just Baby Boomers but all of society.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Contents.
Preface.
DEMOGRAPHIC AND SOCIAL PROFILE.
1: The Baby Boom Age Wave: Population Success or Tsunami?.
2: Boomer Diversity and Well-Being: Race, Ethnicity, and Gender.
3: A History of Productive Aging and the Boomers.
BOOMERS AND THE NEW ECONOMICS OF AGING.
4: The Boomers and Their Economic Prospects.
5: Will the Boomers Revolutionize Work and Retirement?.
6: The Looming Economics of Boomer Health Care.
BOOMERS AND THE NEW POLITICS OF AGING.
7: Public Policy and the Boomers: An Expanding Scope of Conflict.
8: The Boomers in Politics: Impact and Consequences.
9: Aging Boomers, Generational Equity, and the Framing of the Debate over Social Security.
BOOMERS AND PUBLIC POLICY.
10: Population Aging, Entitlement Growth, and the Economy.
11: Private Pensions and the Boomers: How Much Is Enough?.
12: Medicare in the Image of the Baby-Boom Generation.
13: Long-Term Care Policy as an Investment in Baby Boomers and Future Generations.
14: Differential Treatment by Age: Age Discrimination or Age Affirmation?.
15: Aging Policy as Family Policy: Expanding Family Leave and Improving Flexible Work Policies.
About the Editor and Contributors.
Index - Volume 1.