In light of the recent financial crisis and changing economic landscape, McNamara and Williamson present and analyze the possibility of working longer. Including a range of potential policies (e.g., further increasing the age of eligibility for full Social Security benefits, allocating more government resources to retraining and job search assistance for older workers), this is one of the major approaches currently being discussed by policy analysts inside and outside of the government. Emphasizing the role of inequalities and diversity among older adults, this book provides a framework for thinking about the advantages and disadvantages of working past the current retirement age.
This book is for Sociology of Aging, Social Inequalities, and Social Problems courses.
List of Figures Series Forward Preface Acknowledgements 1. An Aging Population: Is Working Longer the Answer? 2. Health and Wealth: Cumulative Inequality Across the Life Course 3. Good Jobs: Unequal Access to Employment in Later Life 4. Unintended Consequences: How Would Working Longer Change Our Lives? Conclusion References Glossary/Index