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The NBER Reporter 2010 Number 1: Books

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Measuring and Managing Federal Financial Risk

Measuring and Managing Federal Financial Risk, edited by Deborah J. Lucas, is available now from the University of Chicago Press for $85.00.

Although the U.S. government is the world's largest financial institution, providing credit and assuming risk through diverse activities, there has been little understanding or measurement of the potential costs and risks of such actions and obligations up until now. This NBER Conference Report contains new research, both empirical and methodological, on the measurement and management of these costs and risks. The analyses encompass a broad spectrum of federal programs, including housing, catastrophe insurance, student loans, social security, and environmental liabilities. Collectively, the contributions gathered in this book demonstrate that financial economics can be a useful tool for studying a range of federal activities.

Lucas is a Research Associate in the NBER's Programs on Asset Pricing and Economic Fluctuations and Growth and a Professor of Finance at MIT's Sloan School of Management.

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Research Findings in the Economics of Aging

Research Findings in the Economics of Aging, edited by David A. Wise, is available from the University of Chicago Press for $115.00. In this NBER Conference Report, a group of leading researchers discuss such topics as work and retirement behavior, disability, and how both shape policies designed to address them. We know, for example, that although individuals choose when to retire, their decisions are influenced by a set of incentives, including retirement benefit programs and health care. This volume includes cross-national analyses of the effects of such programs on these decisions. The volume also offers in-depth analysis of the effects of retirement plans, employer contributions for health insurance, and housing prices on retirement. It explores well-established relationships among economic circumstances, health, and mortality, as well as the effects of poverty and lower levels of economic development on health and life satisfaction.

Wise is the NBER's Area Director for Aging and Health, and the John F. Stambaugh Professor of Political Economy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

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Social Security Programs and Retirement around the World: The Relationship to Youth Employment

Social Security Programs and Retirement around the World: The Relationship to Youth Employment, edited by Jonathan Gruber and David A. Wise, is available from the University of Chicago Press for $110.00. This NBER Conference Report offers comparative analysis from twelve countries and examines the issue of age in the labor force. A notable group of contributors analyze: the relationship between the incentives to retire and the proportion of older people in the workforce; the effects that reforming social security would have on the employment rates of older workers; and how extending labor force participation will affect program costs. This timely volume challenges many assumptions about the relationship between old and young people in the workforce, dispelling the myth that employing older workers takes jobs away from the young.

Wise is NBER's Area Director for Aging and Health, and Gruber directs the NBER's Program on Health Care. Wise is also the John F. Stambaugh Professor of Political Economy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Gruber is a Professor of Economics at MIT.

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Agglomeration Economics

Agglomeration Economics, edited by Edward L. Glaeser, is available from the University of Chicago Press for $99.00. When firms and people are located near each other in cities and in industrial clusters, which is termed "agglomeration," they benefit in various ways, including through reduced costs of exchanging goods and ideas. Surprisingly, even as transportation and communication costs have fallen, cities have become increasingly important. And, even within cities, industrial clusters remain vital.

This NBER Conference Report brings together a group of essays that examine the reasons why economic activity continues to cluster together despite these falling costs. The studies here advance our understanding of agglomeration and its implications for a globalized world.

Glaeser directs the NBER's Working Group on Urban Economics and is the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics at Harvard University.

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NBER Macroeconomics Annual 2009, Volume 24

NBER Macroeconomics Annual 2009, Volume 24, edited by Daron Acemoglu, Kenneth Rogoff, and Michael Woodford, is available from the University of Chicago Press Journals Division. The papers and accompanying discussions in this volume address how heterogeneous beliefs interact with equilibrium leverage and potentially lead to leverage cycles, the validity of alternative hypotheses about the reason for the recent increase in foreclosures on residential mortgages, the credit rating crisis, quantitative implications for the evolution of the U.S. wage distribution, and noisy business cycles.

All three editors are Research Associates in the NBER's Program on Economic Fluctuations and Growth. Acemoglu is also the Charles P. Kindleberger Professor of Applied Economics at MIT. Rogoff is the Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University. Woodford is the John Bates Clark Professor of Political Economy at Columbia University.

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