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AN NBER PUBLICATION ISSUE: No. 1, March 2017

The Bulletin on Aging & Health

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  Domestic violence is a significant social problem in the U.S., with 4.5 million instances of domestic abuse annually and over one in five women experiencing physical assault by an intimate partner at least once in her life. Past research has established the dual relationship between education, employment, and abuse, whereby low education and poor labor market prospects raise the risk of domestic violence while abuse also undermines educational attainment and...

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  Older workers today confront many difficulties in financing their retirements, including longer life expectancies, low interest rates, a changing pension landscape, and the possibility of future changes to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid benefits. In this challenging environment, working longer has often been presented as the key means to achieving greater retirement security. Yet whether this is the case depends critically on the total net financial...
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  Rising health care costs are a perennial concern for the U.S. health care system. Increasing the degree to which health care is funded via prospective payment is a frequently mentioned proposal for slowing health care cost growth. Under prospective payment, providers are paid a fixed amount per episode of care, with the payment determined only by the patient's medical condition. Importantly, the payment is independent of the actual medical services provided...

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