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AN NBER PUBLICATION ISSUE: No. 1, March 2009

The Bulletin on Aging & Health

The last fifty years were marked by a significant expansion of social security programs in most developed countries, including Canada and the U.S. During this period, many countries raised benefit amounts, reduced the earliest age of benefit availability, and introduced new types of retirement benefits such as spousal benefits and special means-tested benefits for the poorest beneficiaries. Unfortunately, many of these same countries now face great fiscal challenges in...

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Over the past thirty years, the prevalence of obesity and obesity-related diseases in the U.S. has risen sharply. Since the early 1970s, the share of children age 6 to 19 classified as overweight has more than tripled, from 5 percent to 17 percent, while the share of adults classified as overweight or obese rose from half to two-thirds of the population. Over this same period, the number of fast food restaurants more than doubled. Exposes such as "Supersize Me" and "Fast...
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Hospitals have various dimensions along which they can differentiate themselves in order to compete against other area hospitals. One is clinical quality, as measured by patient outcomes. Another is their ability to offer the latest technology and equipment. A third is the amenities they offer to patients and their families. Previous research has established that the first two factors affect patient demand for hospitals. In Hospitals as Hotels: The Role of Patient...

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