NBER Reporter: Fall 2001
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Straining at the Anchor
Straining at the Anchor: The Argentine Currency Board and the Search for Macroeconomic Stability, 1880-1935 is available from the University of Chicago Press this fall for $35.00. This NBER monograph was written by Gerardo della Paolera and Alan M. Taylor.
The book follows the various fluctuations of the Argentine economy from its post-revolutionary volatility to a period of unprecedented prosperity and finally to a dramatic decline from which the country has never fully recovered. The authors examine the solutions that Argentina tried to implement, including the nation's first currency board which favored a strict gold-standard monetary regime. With many countries now using or considering monetary arrangements similar to Argentina's, this study is particularly relevant in showing what has worked and what has not.
della Paolera is rector and professor of economics at the Universidad Torucuato Di Tella in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Taylor is a Research Associate in the NBER's Programs on Development of the American Economy, International Finance and Macroeconomics, and International Trade and Investment. He is also an associate professor of economics at the University of California, Davis.
Themes in the Economics of Aging
Themes in the Economics of Aging, edited by David A. Wise, is available from the University of Chicago Press for $75.00. This eighth in a series of NBER Project Reports on the economics of aging looks at the implications of private and public personal retirement plans, in particular 401(k) programs, on retirement strategies. It also considers the relationship between health and wealth in light of the increases in health care spending over the past two decades. The volume concludes with an investigation of the retirement effects of various social security provisions in the U.S. and German systems.
Wise directs the NBER's Program of Research on Aging and is a professor of economics at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.
Aging Issues in the United States and Japan
Aging Issues in the United States and Japan, edited by Seiritsu Ogura, Toshiaki Tachibanaki, and David A. Wise, is available from the University of Chicago Press for $75.00. This NBER Conference Volume, the third in a joint series offered by the NBER and the Japan Center for Economic Research, explores the consequences of an aging population in the two countries. Among other topics, it considers: incentives for early retirement; the allocation of savings, wealth, and assets over a life time; health care and its reform; and population projections.
Ogura is a professor of economics at Hosei University and Tachibanaki is a professor of economics at Kyoto University. Wise directs the NBER's Program of Research on Aging and is a professor of economics at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.