Introduction to "Discoveries in the Economics of Aging"

David A. Wise, Richard Woodbury

Chapter in NBER book Discoveries in the Economics of Aging (2014), David A. Wise, editor (p. 1 - 18)
Conference held May 9-11, 2013
Published in June 2014 by University of Chicago Press
© 2014 by the National Bureau of Economic Research
in NBER Book Series - The Economics of Aging

The introduction summarizes the 12 economics of aging studies that follow, and how they fit together as part of a larger research agenda. The introduction begins by developing an organizational template for relating the causes, characteristics and consequences of health. It then describes the key motivations, research questions, and results of the 12 studies in this more integrated organizational context. The first three chapters of the volume deal with health measurement and health trends. Chapters 4 and 5 look at the relationships and causal interactions between health and financial circumstances. The next four chapters in the volume consider how other aspects of people's lives affect their health. The last three chapters in the volume look at the potential for innovations, interventions and public policies to improve health and financial wellbeing.

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